From the streets of Walford to Hollywood star, Ben Hardy has joined the X-Men
universe as conflicted billionaire playboy Angel.
Returning to Attitude two years after the scorching cover shoot which helped propel his rising star into the spotlight, the 25-year-old discusses his burgeoning Stateside career and why he's proud to star in a franchise which has for so long been associated with the gay community's own struggle for acceptance.
"I remember [director Bryan Singer] saying that was one of the attractions of doing the first X-Men
film," Ben tells us across an exclusive 10-page spread.
"He felt it was something that could relate to those movement and to that kid at school who deosn't feel like he belongs, doesn't feel like a part of society, feels like an outcast, or feeling like they're not a part of society.
"In terms of my character, Angel is quite angry and I put that down to him being an outsider. People who don't get looked after enough can end up being very angry and I feel like this is where Angel's anger comes from and maybe that gives him the potential to transform and become one of the villains."
You can read the Ben's full interview and check out his stunning new shoot in the new issue of Attitude, available to download a digital download from pocketmags.com/attitude
It’s in shops next Wednesday (April 27), and print copies are available to order from newsstand.co.uk
Also in Attitude’s Summer Issue
, alongside all your usual news, reviews, fitness & travel:
Photography by Jenny Brough
Fashion by Joseph Kocharian
Hair By Tom Berry
Make-up by Sandra Hadi
Debra Messing slipped adorable message from flight attendant 'Will & Grace' helped to come out
'Prince dared to see sexuality and gender for the kaleidoscopic spectrum we not know it to be'
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