Ben Aldridge says that he “didn’t realise how much” coming out would change his life.

The Knock at the Cabin actor, who is 37 years old, said on Variety’s Just for Variety podcast this week that he “felt so powerful” after coming out on Instagram in June 2020.

Aldridge told Mark Malkin of Variety, “It sounds dramatic, but I could just breathe better.” “I didn’t realise how important it was to me.” I sure did. I didn’t think I was being silly, but I didn’t know what it would do to my body. And for days after that, I kept thinking, “I really needed that.”

“I didn’t know how much I needed to do that or how much I might have been holding on to and hiding behind,” he said.

Aldridge said that he felt “so powerful” to be able to stand with and be a part of his community at that very moment.

“It took me a long time to get to pride,” Aldridge wrote on Instagram during Pride Month in June 2020, along with a black-and-white picture of a pride event. “I love the LGBTQ+ community and am so happy and proud to be a part of it.”

He also said at the time, “We won so much.” “There’s a lot more to fight for.”

In the movie Knock at the Cabin, which stars Lily Aldridge and Jonathan Groff, four home invaders interrupt a family’s trip to a remote cabin with their daughter (played by newcomer Kristen Cui). They demand that the family help them “avoid the end of the world.”

Aldridge said that being gay helped him get roles in LGBT productions he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise, such as the romantic comedy Spoiler Alert and the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie.

In the movie Knock at the Cabin, Aldridge and Jonathan Groff play a couple whose vacation to a rural cabin with their daughter (newcomer Kristen Cui) is cut short by four home invaders who want the family to help them “avoid the end of the world.”

Aldridge told Entertainment Weekly that being gay “helped place me with LGBT projects that I wouldn’t have necessarily been considered for,” like the next M. Night Shyamalan movie and the romance comedy Spoiler Alert.

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