Interview: “Keep the Lights On” Star Thure Lindhardt Talks About Creating Gay Intimacy and His Indy Spirit Award Nomination


Thure Lindhardt photographed by Clinton Gaughran for AfterElton

Though you’re undoubtedly psyched for the Oscars and Sally Field’s (slim) chances at a miraculous third Oscar, you should also keep your fingers crossed for Danish actor Thure Lindhardt‘s triumph at this Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards.

This year’s Indy Spirit Awards are chock ful of fabulous acting nominations, including one for the 38-year-old Lindhardt, who stars in director Ira Sachs‘ wonderful gay relationship drama Keep the Lights On. As Danish filmmaker Erik Rothman working in New York, Lindhardt is completely engrossing as he falls into a serious relationship with drug- and sex-addicted lawyer Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth). Keep the Lights On‘s added layer of intrigue is that the film is written from director Sachs’ own experience. He had a serious relationship with publisher Bill Clegg, who wrote the 2010 memoir Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man.

We caught up with the adorable Copenhagen-born Lindhardt to discuss how the intimacy in Keep the Lights On seemed so real. 

AfterElton: The Independent Spirit Awards are just days away. Your category, Best Male Lead, is excellent — you’re nominated alongside John Hawkes, Bradley Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, and Wendell Pierce. What are you specifically looking forward to at the ceremony?
Thure Lindhardt:
Well, it’s weird because I’m looking forward to the party and the event in itself because I’m really proud and — well, yeah, proud to be nominated in that category! Especially for that movie, for many reasons. One, for me as a mostly unknown [in the U.S] actor, to be nominated with this group of incredibly famous and wonderful actors, of course that in itself is a very big thing. I don’t have expectations for anything, though. I’m happy to be there and be part of the group. I’m proud to be part of a movie that’s so important. The director is incredible, and it was a very intense and wonderful, honest journey to be part of.

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