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‘It’s a Sin’ Star Olly Alexander Talks About Sex Scenes & the Show’s Impact

Olly Alexander, the lead singer of Years & Years, is starring in the new HBO Max limited series It’s a Sin and he’s opening up about his work on the show.

The acclaimed series follows a group of gay friends who leave home at 18 and head “off to London with hope and ambition and joy… and walking straight into a virus that most of the world ignores.” The show was created by Queer as Folk‘s Russell T Davies and it follows the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

“I hope that young queer people watch and it gives them maybe a rich understanding of themselves and where we’ve come from,” Olly, 30, told Variety in a new interview. “We’re really standing on the shoulders of everyone that came before us. And I think it’s so important to acknowledge and recognize that and there’s a lot of courage and inspiration that I take as a queer person from seeking out my own history and my elders and how I’m connected to them, and how that’s impacted my own life growing up.”

Olly also spoke about the sex scenes in the show and how he prepared his family for them.

“I told my family, I told my mom, ‘Just so you’re aware there are some sex scenes,’” Olly said. “I actually, I spoke to my mom recently about this, and she was like, ‘I wasn’t bothered by it at all. It didn’t make me feel funny in the slightest.’ She said because I warned her about it, she was expecting it. I had a quite awkward conversation on WhatsApp with my cousins. But everyone was very sweet about it.”

All five episodes of It’s a Sin are streaming now on HBO Max.

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