admin | Sep 23, 2022
9-1-1’s Oliver Stark opens up about vulnerability and why it’s okay to cry

9-1-1 star Oliver Stark has shared how the Fox show’s portrayal of masculinity was one of the reasons he was drawn to the series, laying bare his vulnerable side and revealing why it is okay for men to cry.

by Rebecca Lewis for Hello Mag US

The 31-year-old British actor has candidly expressed men should be able to freely share how they are feeling, admitting this was something he wanted to be able to show the world on-screen: “I wanted to show you can be caring and it’s okay to be upset and cry and feel things.”

Oliver stars as Evan ‘Buck’ Buckley, a firefighter who we’ve seen grown from a playboy, fired for stealing a firetruck to have sex, to going on a quest for love, discovering his found family and growing up. In the very first episode Buck could be considered the poster boy for a machismo that may be found in fire departments. Yet by the end of that same episode, he has been brought down a peg or two by the men in his team.

“Over the years, one of my favorite parts is that I don’t think there has been a single male character that hasn’t broken down and cried, and put themselves out there for the people they love and the people who are strangers,” he tells HELLO! “They’ve sat down and had deep heart to hearts over the years, and I think it is really important to keep pushing the message that it is okay to be sensitive, and okay to be vulnerable, and in actual fact, it’s more than okay, those things are strengths.”

Wearing his heart on his sleeve and drawing on his own personal experiences, Oliver admitted he previously struggled with his own emotions: “As a young man I didn’t necessarily understand, and it wasn’t because of my father – who is a very emotionally available man – but so much of the media pushes you in one direction and I am keen to push the needle back in the opposite direction.

“I think so many of the problems we find ourselves in as a community are about people not knowing how to express themselves or being afraid of their own vulnerabilities, which I understand, it is passed down through generations. For me, it is important to teach children, however we can, whether through media or education, to be okay with expressing themselves and being sensitive. I think it’s one of the most healthy things we can do for the sake of the world.”

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