Is Gus Kenworthy Ready to Be a Leading Man? He Thinks So

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday February 11, 2023
Originally published on February 6, 2023

Gus Kenworthy
Gus Kenworthy  (Source:Instagram)

Former Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy thinks he is finally ready to be your leading man.

After his most recent cameo in the hilarious "80 For Brady" starring Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin, Sally Field and Rita Moreno, Kenworthy says he is ready to lead in a gay rom-com. It isn't the first time Kenworthy has appeared on screen, with roles in a smattering of Ryan Murphy-produced TV shows. But it is the first he has let it be known that he is ready to go all-in on being an actor.

Speaking to PEOPLE on Saturday, at the Gold Meets Golden 10th Anniversary in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Kenworthy said: "Honestly, it would be something similar to Bros which we just saw."

He added, "But like my dream as a kid was to be the lead in a rom-com. I loved romantic comedies — to this day, they're still like my favorite movies."

For Kenworthy, there is something special in the formula.

"I just think it's such a great formula and I would love to get to plug into that and play the lead of a rom-com, but also get to play gay would be a dream," he said.

Kenworth's cameo in 80 For Brady puts him in a scene with comedian and actor Brian Jordan Alvarez.

"It was really, really a dream come true," Kenworthy said of working with Field, Fonda, Moreno and Tomlin. "But it was surreal. Like I remember sitting on set when they were brought to set and like my jaw hit the floor."

He added, "There aren't bigger legends, there aren't bigger names. They were all just so sweet. They all look so gorgeous, so professional, and I kind of clammed up! But it was really exciting. Like, they are the Golden Girls! It was really really cool."

To prepare for his aspirations as a leading man, Kenworthy admits that he has been taking acting classes.

"I've been taking classes and auditioning a lot and I just got new management and I'm just like excited," he said. "I'm hoping for more roles."

Something tells us he would be a shoe-in for a role as a retired Olympic athlete trying to parlay his sporting success into success on the silver screen.

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