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On a hike together with his snacks of alternative — his fiancé Noah Galvin and chocolate mushrooms — Ben Platt noticed the sunshine.

“I was feeling really joyful and really present with [Noah] and I think he could really sense that. We were having one of those deep talks on our walk and he was asking me to describe what was allowing me to feel that way, and I started to talk about what it feels like to be in our relationship and my love for him and I started to envision a physical manifestation of what it might look like inside my head,” Platt tells The Hollywood Reporter

“Because I am super anxiety prone and a very stressed person generally, I imagine there’s lots of jagged edges and lots of sharp things poking out and prodding, and when I envision what love does, it doesn’t necessarily make those things disappear or replace them. Those are still realities, but it softens everything and coats everything in something a little bit sweeter and easier to handle,” he continues. “And it led me to this feeling and vision of honey kind of coating everything.”

In Nashville, the place he wrote most of his new album, Platt composed a monitor known as “Honeymind” with Sam Roman and Michael Pollack, who not too long ago gained a Grammy for his work on Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers.”

“When it came time to pick an album title, I felt like it really encapsulated the whole energy of the body of work,” the singer explains.

Noah Galvin and Ben Platt

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Honeymind, out Could 31, appears like a celebration and tribute to queer love and to Galvin, who Platt calls “such a muse to me.” Platt began recording the album in spring 2022 and Dave Cobb — greatest identified for his Grammy-winning work with Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell — produced the 13-track set. Platt co-wrote every music and was joined by a starry group of writers, together with upcoming Songwriter Corridor of Famer Hillary Lindsey, Alex Hope, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz, Ilsey Juber, Sammy Witte, Jimmy Ribbons, Ross Copperman and Brandy Clark, who seems on the monitor “Treehouse.”

“Immediately, I could tell within 10 minutes we were going to be really close,” Cobb tells THR. “We just jumped right into it. It was very brave on his behalf. He didn’t get to know me yet but he walked in and everyone was in this joyous spirit. He brought such incredible songs; he’d sent me some iPhone demos, [and] it felt like we were making something that was really honest and true to him. He really put whatever he was feeling and emoting and believed in on the record. You can hear it in the lyrics. You feel like you’re hearing what he thinks almost with the lyrics.”

The confessional and natural album — many of the songs constructed round one take within the studio — is a departure for Platt, who takes on a folkier, Americana sound for the undertaking. He’ll carry out the brand new music throughout his live performance residency at Broadway’s Palace Theatre from Could 28 to June 15, and three days later he’ll launch The Honeymind Tour.

In an interview, the Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner talks about singing proudly about queer love, how he wished he had an album like this as a teen, desirous to play Paul Simon in a biopic and dropping out on a job for Lena Dunham’s Ladies years in the past.

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It’s so clear that you simply’re in love and I really feel like this album is sort of such as you shouting out how a lot you’re in love. What’s it really feel like to have the ability to share a lot of the way you’re feeling in these songs?

It’s great. It feels multifaceted. Noah offers me a lot as my accomplice, and my most genuine method of speaking or expressing my thanks or what he does for me is in music, and so it hopefully expresses to him what it means to me. When it comes to attending to be very particular and forthright and celebratory a few queer relationship and the complexity of it and the enjoyment of it and the romance of it — I believe is one thing I really feel actually proud and blissful about.

Now we have numerous wonderful artists like Troye Sivan and Lil Nas X and guys who’re actually doing wonderful issues, however usually there could be an aggression or a sexuality ahead high quality to the music that I clearly love as a fan and a shopper, however is rather less genuine to me. I exist in a extra earnest type of weak zone, and so I used to be excited to place one thing out that lived in that little extra of an introspective romantic world, however nonetheless as expressly and overtly queer, and Noah and I each actually respect the chance to signify in that method.

I learn that you simply had been enthusiastic about making this album since you want you had one thing comparable if you had been a child, and that you simply “tried to imagine what Graceland or Bridge Over Troubled Water might have sounded like if Paul Simon was a fellow homo.” 

There have been great variations and examples to seize onto, like the fellows I discussed and Elton John and even Brandi Carlile extra not too long ago. I believe that on the subject of the particular lane of the music that I cherished loads rising up — I hearken to numerous present tunes however moreover that — James Taylor, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, that very Americana type of introspective, usually very earnestly romantic area. There aren’t numerous albums I needed to go to that had been expressly queer. Clearly all these artists make extremely stunning common music that I may connect with as a result of it’s not unique in any method, however it could’ve been great to have one which felt much more particular for me. And I really feel blissful to make one thing that exists in that stylistic world that may be somewhat extra particular, and customarily specificity, or hopefully I assume, specificity begets universality.

“Andrew” sounds prefer it’s about unrequited love — what was it like writing that music? 

Undoubtedly at its core it’s about any type of unrequited love, and I believe that everybody’s had some type of dalliance with that. When it comes to my very explicit private expertise, I wrote it about if you’re a queer younger particular person and also you’re rising up, it’s type of a ceremony of passage, like an inevitable expertise to have an exquisite straight good friend that you’d develop emotions for. And in reality, Jerrod Carmichael’s actuality present that simply got here out, his complete first episode is type of about this phenomenon and his emotions for his greatest good friend Tyler, the Creator, and it meant a lot to me to see that mirrored in that method, too.

It’s a reasonably common queer expertise — it’s only a very explicit type of melancholy [situation] that’s no one’s fault and nobody’s doing something unsuitable; it’s only a misfire of chemical compounds and genes that simply merely don’t match up. I hadn’t actually heard a music specific that individual blue melancholy.

Is Andrew the true particular person or only a identify you selected for the music?

It truly is simply an amalgam identify. I imply, I really like the best way it sang and it type of felt like the suitable sort of identify to me. Once I envision a man like that, that’s type of a pleasant moniker, but it surely’s positively extra so an amalgam of plenty of completely different folks.

Marc E. Platt, Ben Platt and Julie Platt

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On “All American Queen” you sing: “Soon he’s loading his life in the back of his truck/When his pop starts crying he says, ‘Daddy, be tough!’” I’m wondering for those who performed it to your dad and what he thought?

He loves it. As soon as I used to be completed with the file, I sat down and performed the entire thing for him, for each my mother and father, and he actually responded to listening to a story a few queer child that’s rising up in pure pleasure and acceptance and never having heard that perhaps on this stylistic world earlier than and actually cherished that as a lot as I did. And an enormous a part of why I’ve the privilege of writing that or, I assume, envisioning that’s as a result of that’s positively the upbringing that they gave me within the sense that it by no means was a supply of something different than simply a part of my identification. And he responded to it very nicely. He actually favored it.

“Boy Who Hung the Moon” has a Sufjan Stevens vibe somewhat bit. What was it like placing that one collectively?

I actually needed to write down concerning the type of push and pull of lifting your accomplice up and needing to be lifted up by your accomplice. And each Noah and I’ve gone by phases the place our shallowness is low or one thing doesn’t go the best way we would like it to, or we’re simply feeling actually down on ourselves. It’s actually highly effective to have the ability to see your self by your accomplice’s eyes when one thing like that occurs.

There’s been events the place I’ve needed Noah to see himself the best way that I see him, and so I needed to write down a music, a type of soothing, comforting music from the angle of somebody who’s attempting to raise up their accomplice or their good friend or their love or whoever it could be, who must be reminded of their specialness and their energy and wishes an opportunity to see themselves by a unique lens. And positively Sufjan is a big inspiration and an incredible artist. I simply noticed Illinoise, which is the dance piece that’s coming to Broadway that’s set to his album Illinois and it’s stunning, so I respect the reference.

You reside in Brooklyn and courting in NYC could be trash for lots of people. You’re in love so what recommendation or phrases are you able to supply to those that are on the lookout for love? 

I can solely communicate from my very own expertise and the lesson that I needed to study is simply how carefully associated friendship and love are. Once I was youthful, I used to be trying to find one thing that felt risky or an ephemeral spark that’s laborious to tame or that was dramatic or passionate, which isn’t to say that there shouldn’t be any of that. However once I realized that primarily the particular person you’re on the lookout for is the individual that you need to spend all of your time with and who you need to do issues with and obtain life with, and also you need to hopefully share the identical bliss and discover issues that deliver you each pleasure and also you need it to be somebody who you’d somewhat undergo one thing with than do it alone, and that’s a good friend.

For me it was about realizing which you can have the muse of a friendship or a greatest friendship and that romance and spark and attraction and love can develop from that and that it doesn’t must be this sort of little spark that needs to be tamed. It may well actually be one thing extra considerate and significant. I believe that they will exist in a better Venn diagram.

Ben Platt and Noah Galvin

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Have you ever and Noah had an opportunity to start out planning your wedding ceremony?

Sure. We’re getting married within the fall, and we are attempting to do as a lot as we will as a result of I head to the Palace [Theatre] for my residency after which on tour, after which we’re type of getting actually near wedding ceremony time as soon as that’s carried out, so attempting to entrance load all of the planning.

“Home of the Terrified” sounds deeply private and is about having kids sooner or later. What made you write that one?

There was a taking pictures that occurred whereas I used to be in Nashville writing, and I got here into the session planning to write down one thing else, and we, Alex [Hope] and I, received to speaking about it as a result of we couldn’t assist it and ended up desirous to focus extra on that.

You by no means need it to be preachy or informational — it’s such a sensitive, tough, emotional factor. And I attempted to border it from as private a perspective as I may as a result of as I begin to get married or get able to get married, clearly kids involves thoughts and we begin having these first conversations about having children and elevating them, and it’s not a call we’ve made but, however positively one of many issues that scares me essentially the most is elevating a toddler on this nation specifically on the subject of clearly gun management, but additionally anti-queer laws, and there’s plenty of methods wherein we’re probably not taking good care of our younger folks. So attempting to unlock it and are available at it from that method helped it to really feel like extra of a private musing than a type of assertion type of preaching music hopefully.

You’re within the upcoming Richard Linklater movie Merrily We Roll Alongside — an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical — with Paul Mescal and Beanie Feldstein. Have you ever guys already shot it? How’s that going?

Now we have shot, so it’s 9 sequences over the course of, I believe, a complete of 18 years and we’ve shot two of them up to now. It’s great. It’s not like the rest. Clearly it’s a really distinctive course of and [I’ve] type of been treating it little quick movies each couple of years with this excellent group of individuals, the place I get to type of test again in with the identical household and the identical story and see how everybody’s lives have modified and see how we’ve grown and attempt to take it one after the other. If we glance too far forward at what the tip purpose is, it will get somewhat too overwhelming and it’s type of like, “How are we ever going to make it there?” Simply attempting to take it one little sequence at a time.

Ben Platt, Paul Simon, Barry Gibb and Howard Ashman

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In the case of biopics, is there an actual particular person that you’d like to play in a movie?

Sure, a couple of. Howard Ashman was an unbelievable songwriter that used to write down musicals with Alan Menken. He was one among his major collaborators. He wrote numerous the Disney musicals. He wrote Little Store of Horrors and he was closeted and ended up dying of AIDS at a time when he couldn’t be open about it. He was such a genius and actually modified the best way that Disney made motion pictures and turned them into actual Broadway musicals. I’ve all the time been such an enormous fan and lover of him and his work, and if there was ever a narrative about him, I’d love to do this. 

I’m somewhat too tall, I believe, perhaps to play Paul Simon, but when that might be forgiven, then in fact I’d like to play Paul Simon or a Bee Gee. I not too long ago sang for Barry Gibb on the Kennedy Middle Honors and I’ve received the beard and I’ve received the chest hair and I can sing fairly excessive, so I’d be blissful to play any of the Gibbs.

Have you ever had an opportunity to fulfill Paul Simon?

I’ve not. I’ve solely seen him from a crowd a few instances, however I’ve not shaken his hand. Undoubtedly on the bucket listing for positive.

Ben Platt

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Was there a job you actually needed that you simply didn’t get?

There’s been so many through the years. Actually, one among my favourite exhibits is Ladies, Lena Dunham’s present from years in the past, and I rewatch it plenty of instances. And all all through the course of that present, anytime there was a day participant or a visitor position or something that even remotely resembled me or my sort, I might go in and audition. And a few instances I made it to studying it with Lena or improvising or no matter it could be. And that that’s positively one which received away when it comes to such an incredible present that I’m a fan of and culturally that I really like, and I used to be all the time both somewhat too younger or not fairly proper. However yeah, it positively impressed me to need to chase after creators and exhibits that I really like as a shopper.

You turned 30 in September and for some folks it’s an enormous second and for others it’s one other birthday. What was it like for you?

It type of ended up being a bigger second than I anticipated, solely as a result of it coincided with so many life issues coming collectively within the sense that my fiancé and I are engaged and on the brink of get married, and we’ve moved into our extra long-term house, and I used to be ending up this album, and it simply felt like extra of a shift when it comes to the grander scheme of my life than I anticipated. However it was, for me, fairly constructive. I really feel type of good to be on this zone now. There have been great issues about being in my 20s, however I additionally really feel somewhat drained and blissful to be somewhat bit older and have some new experiences which might be somewhat extra in a extra contained setting. And so it was good. It felt like a correctly momentous shift for 30, however a constructive one.

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