Haley Joel Osment Goes Gay for ’Sassy Pants’
When he was the ripe old age of 11, actor Haley Joel Osment was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as the traumatized, ghost-plagued child in The Sixth Sense. Soon after, he was acting for Steven Spielberg as an android yearning to be human in the Oscar-nominated sci-fi adventure A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Other prominent roles followed in Pay It Forward and Secondhand Lions. Then he entered college and essentially disappeared, by choice, from the public eye.
Today, Haley Osment (he drops the "Joel" in casual conversation and has also been dubbed "HaJo" by some press wags) is back in a big way... and playing gay. The 24-year old sports earrings, piercings and cutoff short-shorts in writer-director Coley Sohn’s debut feature, Sassy Pants. He plays Chip, a flamboyant bartender who is also the much younger boyfriend of the heroine’s gay father.
Osment recently spoke with The Rage Monthly from Toronto, where he is filming I’ll Follow You Down with gay actor Victor Garber (Godspell, Titanic), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Rufus Sewell (the current Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Osment is straight, but clearly not concerned about that being his primary defining characteristic.
?In Sassy Pants, you are sporting a very different look. Was this your first time wearing Daisy Dukes?
Yes, it was. (Laughs) It was a lightning-fast shoot and I showed up a few days into it. We had a lot of fun putting this character’s look together.
What was it about this character or script that attracted you?
I read it just a week before. They called me on a whim and asked if I would do it. I loved the kaleidoscope, the spectrum of characters in the film.