Over time, Ben Platt has proven himself to be an actor worth keeping an eye on. The talented actor is best known for his presence in Film, Television, and on Stage. He gained national prominence for playing Evan Hansen in the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016. His performance earned him critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
He is also known for his roles as Benji Applebaum in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2; Elder Arnold Cunningham in The Book of Mormon; and Payton Hobart in the TV show The Politician, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2019.
Ben Platt’s Early Life & Education
The actor was born Benjamin “Ben” Schiff Platt in Los Angeles, California, on the 24th of September 1993. He is the fourth out of five children born to Julie and Marc Platt. His dad is a theatre, film, and TV producer, whose credits include Wicked – a Broadway musical based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West.
Ben attended Adderley School for Performing Arts in Pacific Palisades, then the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, where he graduated from in 2011. After his graduation, he attended Columbia University in New York, where he became a member of the campus acapella musical group called Nonsequitur. He, however, dropped out after 6 weeks to keep up with his contract with The Book of Mormon.
His Acting Career and How He Became Famous
Platt had always been interested in arts since he was a child and as such, he started performing on stage at an early age. At the age of nine, he played Winthrop Paroo in the musical The Music Man at the Hollywood Bowl. At the age of eleven, he joined the national tour of Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change. By seventeen, he appeared as Jean Valjean in Kidz Theater’s production of Les Misérables.
Some of his other stage credits include Into the Woods, Bye Bye Birdie, Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, and Alice in Wonderland. In 2012, he played Elder Arnold Cunningham in the critically acclaimed musical comedy, The Book of Mormon. The play first premiered on the 19th of December 2012 at the Bank of America Theatre and closed on the 6th of October 2013. It was well received and unsurprisingly, Ben Platt’s performance was lauded by critics. He would later reprise his role as Elder Cunningham on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre from 2014 to 2015.
Also in 2012, the actor played a supporting role as Benji Applebaum in Pitch Perfect. The movie was a huge success and earned him a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer category. He reprised the role in the sequel – Pitch Perfect 2 and has since made appearances in other movies, including Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Drunk Parents, and Ricki and the Flash, among others.
In 2015, he played Evan Hansen in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. Platt’s performance earned him numerous accolades and awards, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Apart from acting, Ben Platt is also a singer. In 2017, Platt signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and in March 2019, he released his debut studio album, Sing To Me Instead.
Why Do Fans Think He Is Gay?
Over the course of his acting career, Ben Platt has played several gay characters; this contributed to many of his fans thinking he’s gay. Some of his notable gay characters include his role as Blake in Will And Grace, as well as Payton Hobart on The Politician. For his role as Payton Hobart, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, as previously mentioned.
Amidst all the curiosity from fans, in 2019, Ben Platt publicly came out as gay through his music video for his song Ease My Mind. However, the actor came out to his family years earlier, at the age of twelve.
Is Ben Platt In A Relationship?
Since Ben Platt came out, fans and the media have been curious about his personal life and his relationship status. Many speculated he was in a relationship with Charlie Carver, an openly gay American actor, who appeared as his love interest in his music video for Ease My Mind. Despite the speculations, this was never confirmed or denied.
At the moment, it is widely assumed that Ben Platt is currently single and not in a relationship. However, this cannot be confirmed as the actor has chosen to keep the details of his personal life away from the media.