Billy Porter was in high fashion as he promoted his new movie “The Possible.”
The Emmy-, Grammy- and Tony-winning actor appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday night to talk about his directorial debut on the coming-of-age film about a transgender high school student.
For the look, Porter – known for his striking style – wore a graphic purple and black outfit from designer Sho Konishi.
“We have to put some joy in the world,” Porter said of the film. “Coming from ‘Pose,’ most of the trans stories and LGBTQ+ stories we see, especially trans ones, are always about trauma. I was really drawn to this episode because it’s about trans pleasure. It’s about celebration. It’s about normalizing and humanizing a group of people who have been dehumanized. It’s in the spirit of old John Hughes movies, romantic, coming-of-age, rom-com, and the characters’ world is what it looks like today. I’m so happy to be able to introduce this kind of art to the world and it’s so beautiful.
Porter shot the film in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. He talked about filming, where he tapped many of his friends to act as background actors.
“I was reading the script and it was written in Pittsburgh,” he said. “When I was on set, I thought, ‘Oh, I have a lot of angels, I have a lot of friends there,’ so most of the supporting characters are either my friends, like Khal’s mom and the nurse and the teacher, we all are. Kennywood Park did it. [an area amusement park] together in the 80s.
Porter’s appearance on the late-night show is just his latest fashion moment. In June, the actor attended the 2022 BET Awards, where he spotted a futuristic Rick Owens outfit from the designer’s Fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection.