- 10 Oct 18
The Irish actor, Robert Sheehan, who is among the brightest acting talents ever to emerge from this country, has talked openly in an exclusive interview in Hot Press, about the challenges he faces in his career, about his attitude to love, sex and sexuality – and how that affects him both as a person and an actor.
“I think it would be irresponsible not to question my sexuality,” he told Hot Press senior editor Jason O’Toole. "I had a couple of experiences when I was younger with dudes where I tried it, experimented, to see if it did anything for me. And it didn’t."
In his most personal interview ever, the Love/Hate star opens up about his sex life, in a way that it’s safe to say no other Irish star has ever dared to do before now. At last – here is a star that’s not afraid to say what exactly is on his mind.
He candidly discusses everything from losing his virginity, to drunken encounters with men, explains why he longer enjoys no-strings attached sex with FWB, candidly confesses to sleeping with fans – and discusses steamy sex scenes with co-star Ruth Negga, while making Love/Hate. Throughout, Sheehan comes across as one of the most honest and likeable of big name stars.
Robert Sheehan also reveals for the first time that he’s no longer in a relationship with actress Sofia Boutella and says that his “mind is open to developing a connection with somebody.” He also reveals that won’t allow his stellar career get in the way of one day settling down and starting a family.
“We’ve done loads of great interviews in Hot Press over the years,” Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said, “and this has to rank up there with the very best of them. Robert is a big fan of Hot Press and so he his very comfortable and relaxed, knows what to expect, and is brilliantly candid. You can sense that he is thinking about what he is saying, but his honesty and sense of fun shine through, making it a fantastic exchange, which will be of immense appeal to anyone who is interested in movies, in acting, in what young people think and what they do – and how there is a process involved in coming to an even slightly more mature view of the world. People should read it in full. It is genuinely fascinating, and hugely informative."
In this exclusive in-depth Hot Press interview, Robert Sheehan also discusses #MeToo, reflects on working under Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic, discusses his own experiences of having felt sexually objectified in the past, and talks about film director Woody Allen.
On his steamy sex scenes with Ruth Negga in Love/Hate, Roberts reveals:“Luckily, we were very comfortable with one another. And she is, of course, a beautiful, beautiful young woman – so there may have been the occasional erection that popped up there!”
On losing his virginity, Robert Sheehan tells Hot Press, “I was 17 (laughs). It didn’t last very long, Jason, I’ll tell you that. It was over in a flash, as you can imagine. It was very lovely.”
On one night stands, Robert says, “I swear, I would not in a million years have sex with somebody just because they’re physically attractive.”
Onbreaking up with Sofia Boutella, Robert says:“Luckily, we’re still friends. We still love each other a lot. We still acknowledge that, you know.”
On the #MeToo moment, Robert says, “The other thing that it’s done is that it makes you self-examine and it makes you ask yourself, ‘Am I being compassionate enough to women about their position in society, challenges they have to face?’ I think in that regard it’s been very helpful. There’s been a lot of healthy compassion encouraged out of men towards women’s position.”
On Woody Allen, Robert says, “I am not somebody who is swept up by public opinion. I think no good comes from condemning somebody just by hearsay. There are conflicting accounts that have come out of his household about what happened, and since I have no experience with the case or the people involved I don’t have any opinion. Therefore, yes, I would work with Woody Allen if he called – even if I thought he was going to fall down dead half way through filming.”
On drugs, Robert says: “I think the old delicious cannabis was definitely my favourite. I keep it to a very occasional dabble now. What I like about weed is that it isn’t a depressant at all, whereas alcohol is. You take a load of depressants when you go out drinking; whereas weed doesn’t take anything away from your ability to naturally be happy."
In this exclusive Hot Press interview, Robert Sheehan also puts across the argument why drugs should be legalized, continues the conversation about sex, reflects on religion and spirituality, and discusses his glittering film career…