In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut tik, tik … BOOM!, Andrew Garfield plays Jonathan Larson, lyricist and composer of Rent who died the same day as his musicals first public performance. The film is dedicated to his memory, and under Monday’s episode of The late show, host Stephen Colbert asked the Oscar-nominated actor, who recently lost his mother, about “how art in itself helps you deal with grief.”
Garfield took a moment to sit down before responding. “I love talking about it, by the way, so if I cry, it’s … just a beautiful thing,” he said. “This is all the unspoken love. The grief that will stay with us until we pass because we never get enough time with each other, right? He said he” came to sing Jonathan Larson’s unfinished song while at the same time sang for my mother and her unfinished song. And I’m in debt to John, and I’m in debt to Lin-Manuel Miranda, I’m in debt to everyone who’s brought me to this place, so I can honor the most beautiful person I’ve ever experienced in my life through my life. art and use it as a way to heal, use it as a way to sew up the wounds. “The tears flowed from” one of the most beautiful views of grief “ever.
You can watch the full interview above and watch tik, tik … BOOM! on Netflix.