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Gus Kenworthy's dream was to be an actor not a skier

The OIympic hearthrob hopes to pursue his dream as a stage, TV or film actor

2018-08-02

Gus Kenworthy wants to pursue a career in acting.

The 26-year-old Olympic heartthrob was the first action sports star to come out during his career after coming out prior to the 2018 Winter Olympic games in South Korea, and has since become an LGBT activist and everyone’s crush!

But the skier admitted he never wanted to be a sportsman but instead had his sights on an acting career and hopes he will be able to pursue this dream now.

Speaking to The Rainbow Times Mass, Kenworthy said: “I don’t know what the next chapter of my life is, but I’m in LA right now and I’m planning on spending more time here and auditioning and trying to get into some acting and do TV hosting.

“I would love to be on Broadway. I would like to work on my voice, and maybe get it to a place where I feel confident with my singing so that I can do more theatrical-type stuff.

“It would be a dream to be on TV and in movies. Growing up, I did theatre. My dream was to be an actor, not a skier.

“I feel like I’ve had success in my sport and this is something I’m really into and passionate about and would love to pursue.

“I wanted it as a kid and then something else presented itself and I spent my life skiing, and I’m not done with it either completely, but this is a new thing.

“It’d be great and fun, and if it doesn’t (work out), it’s not the end of the world.”

Kenworthy – who is currently dating Matthew Wilkas – went on to say that he is in a “better place” in his life now after coming out.

He said: “I’m in a way better place in my life. Right after, I won the silver medal I was not out.

“I was in a low point in my life too because it was sort of a time where I wanted to be out; I didn’t think it was a reality.

“Suddenly, I did have this elevated platform from the Olympics and the dogs [Kenworthy rescued a mother dog and her four puppies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi], and it sort of made me feel uncomfortable because I wasn’t being my true self.

“I just felt fake and had a boyfriend in the closet at the time.

“I wasn’t sharing him with my world, and vice versa, and I think that took a toll. So, I wasn’t in the best place.”