Ben Platt Opens Up About ‘Horrific’ Internet Backlash To ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Movie

Ben Platt opened up concerning the “disappointing” backlash he confronted after starring within the film model of “Dear Evan Hansen,” a task he beforehand performed on Broadway.

Platt gained a Tony for his stage efficiency because the anxious teenager, however was bombarded with on-line vitriol for the movie model.

“It was definitely a disappointing experience, and difficult, and it definitely opened my eyes to the internet and how horrific it can be,” Platt mentioned in an interview with The New York Occasions printed on Monday. “You’d think, after doing ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ onstage for four years, I would have already known that.”

“I try my best to focus on people who tell me it was moving to them and they really felt seen by it,” the actor added. “It is very easy for the good to get drowned out by the bad.”

Platt mentioned he’s now not energetic on Twitter, which he mentioned “is almost exclusively for tearing people down.”

“I wasn’t getting anything positive, and it’s been really nice to be away,” he mentioned.

Platt attends the “Dear Evan Hansen” premiere on Sep. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles.

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Platt, now 29, beforehand used Twitter to reply to social media criticism that he was too outdated for his position as Evan Hansen within the 2021 film.

“Thank u from the bottom of my [heart] for the outpouring of trailer love yesterday,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet after critics panned the movie’s trailer.

“The film required me to revisit areas of personal pain, so seeing ppl excited & moved makes it so deeply worth it,” he wrote. “PS to the randos being jerks about age, read this great article and/or watch grease.”

The criticism was way more sweeping than simply the actor’s age. Many identified that Platt’s father produced the movie and undoubtedly influenced the choice of Platt, regardless of his age. Others took subject with the actor’s efficiency, which some mentioned was higher suited to the stage than a function movie.

Some critics additionally have been delay by the precise story, during which Evan’s classmate dies by suicide and Evan then permits the boy’s household to imagine that the 2 have been greatest pals ― partially as a result of Evan has a crush on the boy’s sister.

Regardless of the criticism, Platt instructed the Occasions he’s “really grateful” for his time taking part in the teenager.

“It was my ultimate dream come true, to originate something, and it inspired me to start looking inward and writing my own music,” he mentioned. “It will always be a piece of me.”