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Meet Daniel Doheny (Alex from Netflix's 'Alex Strangelove')

by Steve Duffy
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jun 12, 2018

"Alex Strangelove," which premiered last week on Netflix, tells the story of Alex Truelove, a well-rounded high school senior played by Canadian actor Daniel Doheny. In the film he has a wonderful girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein, "Beach Rats") and a bright future ahead of him - and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity.

Things get complicated when he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual identity, kicking off a hilarious and moving exploration of love, sex, and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times.

In reviewing the film on IndieWire, critic Jude Dry wrote: "Director Craig Johnson, who had a hit with 'The Skeleton Twins' in 2014, wants his movie to be cool, even though his protagonist is so clearly not. Still, Johnson hits all the expected beats of a teen coming-of-age comedy, marching to his own distinct rhythm. Landing somewhere between 'Love, Simon' and 'Superbad,' 'Alex Strangelove' is a strange delight indeed."

EDGE spoke with star, Daniel Doheny, for a conversation about the film.

Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale in a promotional photo from "Alex Strangelove."
EDGE: What made you say yes to this film?

Daniel Doheny: Being a young actor I would say yes to lots of work. I don't have to opportunity to say no yet [he laughs]. Honestly, to get to work with Craig Johnson was awesome. He really wrote an amazing script and to be a part of such a great message is a dream come true for me.

EDGE: Did you bring any of your own high school experiences into your characters?

Daniel Doheny: I definitely did. I have gone through a lot of confusing relationships in the past. I think it really helps when you can work from and bring your own personality and memories to your role. Believe me, I brought a lot of my old baggage to the table.

EDGE: How did you work on your on-screen chemistry with costars, Antonio Marizale and Madeline Weinstein?

Daniel Doheny: It is tough to create it, so you have to let it happen naturally. Luckily for us, we got along so well. It also helps that we supported it and helped it grow. I feel like it was there from the beginning.

Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale in "Alex Strangelove."

EDGE: Favorite scene of the film?

Daniel Doheny: I really like the scene when Claire (Madeline Weinstein) and I go to the hotel and try to have sex. It such a great scene and totally relatable.

EDGE: Do you remember your high school crush?

Daniel Doheny: I sure do! I was in love with a girl but never could get out of the friend zone.

EDGE: How important is it that we continue to see more teen coming out romantic comedies?

Daniel Doheny: I hope we see more films like this. I think they are great. The story really has a positive message and I hope that it really inspires others. Also, I think it is great when a film comes out that really reflects who you are as a person.

Daniel Doheny and Madeline Weinstein in "Alex Strangelove."

EDGE: What message are you hoping that the LGBTQ community and those outside of it will take away from this story?

Daniel Doheny: I think the message is going to be different for everyone. We all watch movies and get a different result. I think "Alex" is a fun and positive movie and should be celebrated. We all have different experiences and with that we will all take away something different.

EDGE: If "Heter-Os," "Gay Flakes" and "Bi-Crunchies" were real cereals which one would be your favorite?

Daniel Doheny: Definitely "Bi-Crunchies." Those sounds the best. Plus, I am more of a Rice Krispies kind of guy.

EDGE: Your thoughts on "Alex Strangelove" being compared to "Love, Simon?"

Daniel Doheny: That was a given. Both films were being made at the same time. We are the rock and roll version of "Love, Simon." Since we are being released on Netflix, we didn't have to really follow a ratings system. We definitely have more swearing and sex in our film.

"Alex Strangelove" is streaming on Netflix.


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