Recently-out actor Garrett Clayton returns to film this week alongside acclaimed thesps Emile Hirsch and Amy Brenneman in the new quirky dramedy Peel.
Former child star Clayton, who came out as gay last year, continues his transition into dramatic adult roles. Peel follows the story of 30-something Peel Munter (Hirsch), a man who has never left the confines of his home. After the death of his mother, Peel takes in roommates and attempts to adjust to life as a functioning adult. Among the bizarre drifters Peel ends up housing, he meets Chad (Clayton), a man taken by Peel’s naivete. The two develop a sound friendship as they both try to figure out how to get by in an increasingly hostile world.
Peel debuted at the Santa Barbara film festival to strong reviews which highlighted the work of Hirsch and Clayton. Once heralded as the next Zac Efron, Clayton shot to stardom in the Disney musical Teen Beach Movie. Clayton has earned increased notice in recent years in films like King Cobra and Reach, as well as for stage work. He came out in 2018 during the promotion of the film Reach in part to raise awareness of queer teen suicide, and to prove the value of living an authentic life to his fans.
Peel debuts on digital streaming services May 7.