Andrew Garfield has claimed he’s a gay man right now, just “without the physical act”.

The former Spider Man star, who hit headlines last year when he snogged Ryan Reynolds at the Golden Globe Awards, has been busy preparing for his latest role as a gay man. In the play, the actor plays a gay man who’s been diagnosed with HIV.

Andrew revealed that he’s been spending his weekends watching RuPaul’s Drag Race to get himself into character.

“The preparation had begun before (rehearsals began) with a lot of my friends.  The play is as much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic,” he said.

“My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. I mean every single series of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean every series. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all,” he said during a panel discussion at the National Theatre this week.

The Hollywood star then went on to insist that while he’s not actually gay, he’s not afraid of having an “awakening” later in life when it comes to his sexuality.

He continued: “As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well.

“It was he most fulfilling creative experience I’ll ever hope to have. I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?” he added.