Josh Hutcherson for OUT Magazine

Posted on October 11, 2013

The celebrity XY pickin’s are mighy slim this Friday morning. Fortunately, Josh Hutcherson is here to be pestered by the gays, in more ways than one.



Josh Hutcherson covers the November 2013 issue of OUT magazine photographed by Nino Muñoz.

On his sexuality: “Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person. I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know? I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.”

On LGBT rights: “I have this dream that one day, my kid’s gonna come home from school and be like, ‘Dad, there’s this girl that I like, and there’s this guy that I like, and I don’t know which one I like more, and I don’t know what to do.’ And it’d just be a non-issue, like, ‘Which one is a good person? Which one makes you laugh more?’”

If we had the time or were so inclined, we’d coach ostensibly straight male celebs how to answer the (to be perfectly blunt: cringeworthy) gay-journalist-posed question on whether they’d ever swing the other way. Because first: there’s no good way to answer such a question and second: anything that isn’t a wave of the hand and a simple bon mot is going to sound like a very defensive response. It’s an awful question and gay mags like OUT have been asking it of straight celebrities for years. They need to stop. It’s not the nineties anymore. Wouldn’t it be kind of offensive if every straight female entertainment journalist pestered Matt Bomer as to whether she’ll ever have a shot with him? Could you imagine Giuliana Rancic saying, “No, really, Matt. Do you think you’ll ever get off the pole and try the hole?”

It’s weird and stupid.

Don’t even get us started on OUT’s looooooong tradition of featuring straight celebrities on its cover. Bah.


Anyway he looks very hot to people half our age.





[Photo Credit: Nino Muñoz for OUT magazine]

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  • Latin Buddy

    No, as a gay man in his late…scratch that, mid twenties, I can say that he isn’t hot. Cute and adorable in a pet way but I feel dirty sexualizing him. Looks like a boy.

    • gsk241

      As a middle aged straight woman, I agree. He’s cute and seems like a nice guy, but he has zero sex appeal.

      • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

        Yep. I want to invite him to dinner to meet my lovely daughter.

      • Vera

        Kinda of like Orlando Bloom.

      • mlle

        As a mid-20s straight women, he still looks younger than I like. He’s the kind of dude I’d meet for coffee but probably never call back.

    • O Superman

      And as a gay man in my late twenties, I’m into him. He looks good here.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Love your avatar.

        • O Superman


      • siriuslover

        And as a straight female who has teenage children, I’m kind of ashamed to say I think he’s totally hot, just not with that half beard thing he’s got. I like him clean shaven. But his jaw line. oh man.

    • Danielle

      The fact that he’s about 5’2″ doesn’t help.

      • demidaemon

        See, that appeals to me, as a 5’2″ man myself.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Leaves me absolutely stone cold.

    • NurseEllen

      Yeah, but what if he were wearing a kilt?

      • Lucía Gavello

        That’s not fair! you know kilts are his kryptonite!

        ETA: and beards!

        • Kiltdntiltd

          Yeah, and yet in this case, I am steadfast. (Smirking)

        • NurseEllen

          All’s fair in love & fashion.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Eve kilted, I’m not going there. I has standards.

        • formerlyAnon

          You do, and it shows. (& that’s a good thing, if that’s not clear.)

          • Kiltdntiltd

            Sweet of you to say!!!

    • StellaZafella

      I didn’t know you got stoned Kiltd… ;>)

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Not for many a year, dear Stella. (Grin)

  • Elizabeth Phillips

    I always figured that if you couldn’t decide between two people, neither of them were the right one.

    • PastryGoddess

      Or that a test “drive” is needed to make sure

      • annabelle archer

        Or that a third, perfect combination of the original two, must be found.

        • dharmabum8

          Or that you should just have an open relationship with both of them.

          What? 😉

          • shorty j

            exactly 😀

          • formerlyAnon

            If you’re a glutton for [emotional] punishment. Or have somehow stumbled into being one of the troika who should take over and negotiate world peace. In which case, you three have work to do! Relationships later.

          • Derek_anny

            or a closed relationship with both of them. Just because a system is non-binary doesn’t mean it can’t be closed.

      • tereliz

        Sex tie-breaker.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      It was always Peeta, really. She never hooked up with Gale before the Hunger Games because he was in the friend zone. If she and Gale really had that kind of chemistry, they would have been romantic before the beginning of the first book. However, he was her BFF and she relied on him, so she probably would have given him a shot if events had not interrupted the flow of her life.
      /Hunger Games nerd ramble

      • fursa_saida

        I believe elsewhere in this interview JHutch said that he thought a lot of problems would be solved if Peeta, Katniss, and Gale all just got together as a three-person relationship. So now I’m reimagining the books with, like, Katniss and Peeta having heartfelt teary conversations in the second book about how much they miss their boyfriend Gale, and [spoilers I guess…?] Peeta trying to get Gale to understand why he has to help him kill Katniss.

  • Karen Belgrad

    There’s something a little (pun intended) Lollipop Guild about him, especially the hair style.

    Or did he pull a Patrick (Coupling, UK version) and ask for a “hard man” style?

    • MartyBellerMask

      First sentence had me snickering. Second had me full-on LOL-ing. :)

      • Karen Belgrad

        I feel the need to rewatch “Inferno”, possibly the funniest half hour of television in existence.

        • Derek_anny

          I can’t decide which I find funnier, that monologue or Jeff’s bucket of ears. No, that’s not true. The bucket is funnier, but the Inferno monologue is more awesome.

  • HobbitGirl

    He doesn’t do it for me. Looks way too much like a 12-year-old. But I actually rather like his answers to what had to be very awkward questions. Seems like he has his head on right, at least.

  • Katesymae

    Maybe if they hadn’t styled him in the sexy greaser duds, he’d be hot. He’s got a cute face.

  • YoungSally

    Seriously — his response is a wee “gay for pay”…that said, if he starts to date me (which won’t happen bc I am in my late…scratch that….early 40s)…he will then become suspect based on my personal affinity for dating “gay men in the late stages of denial.”

  • Patrick Cleary

    How did they manage to get their hands on a jacket I wore in high school in 1985?

    • Howard Sturrup

      through a stargate, which can give access to any given moment in time ……

  • MilaXX

    I just want to see Catching Fire.

    • mjude

      ditto. he is a cute tiny boy.

  • Blair Sylvester

    It does come off a little give our readers a smidgeon of hope that if you get drunk and they are willing you might sleep with them

  • carnush

    The greaser look works for him, that’s all I’ve got to say.

  • E2_Remote

    Sigh…I’m really over the ’50’s greaser look.

  • annabelle archer

    Bless his heart.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Cutie pie.
    But greasy. Very greasy. I assume that it the point.

  • Cate

    His wispy facial hair is creeping me out. It’s like peach fuzz, but dark enough so that it looks kind of like dirt as well. Kind of gross.

  • acevedob

    “No, really, Matt. Do you think you’ll ever get off the pole and try the hole?” LMAO. Touche TLo.

  • Diego!

    Nice pics, he has such an innocent face… but I’m not buying the bad boy image they want to sell. He looks cute :)

  • Jessica Freeman

    The toothpick behind the ear in the cover shot is ridiculous. He’s too precious for the hard edge though. This just looks silly.

  • marlie

    Josh Hutcherson isn’t “hot” to me. Sure, he’s attractive, but he’s not “excuse me, I have to stand in front of the AC”-hot. And he’s not meant to have facial hair.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Especially when we have Fassbender to look at today…

      • marlie

        Fassy doesn’t really do it for me either. Shocking, I know. 😛

  • Loola234

    Nothing on the awful facial hair yet?? Nice arms, but isn’t he somewhat wee? NTTAWWT…

    • jen_vasm

      I KNOW, right? How can so little hair be so unruly? Ugh.

  • SewingSiren

    I just wondering what the Big Gay Outing South Of The Border was like.

  • suzinrva

    I’ve always believed there was some odd mistake in casting the male romantic interest in the Hunger Games movies. Wouldn’t Liam Hemsworth make a more palatable a strong, flour bag handling, sensitive artist Peeta?

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Nah, Liam Hemsworth looks exactly like Gale, so that was good casting. I wouldn’t want to see him in a different part.

      JH seems like a decent guy and gives a good performance, but looking like Peeta? Not so much, even after all the make-up and hair dying.

      • marlie

        I’ve come around on JLaw as Katniss, but JHutch *still* doesn’t mesh with the mental image I have in my head of Peeta.

        • RebeccaKW

          The scene where she’s stung by the tracker jackers, and Peeta runs by and yells at her to run…his voice is so high. No.

          There really is nothing about him that says Peeta to me.

      • kittensnotkids

        when i saw Hunger Games in the theatre, when we saw the first shot of Peeta, there was laughter (and not just from me). There was additional Peeta-driven laughter at moments when we are really not supposed to laugh at him, as well. Someone seriously dropped the ball on casting this utterly unappealingly inoffensive guy as Peeta. Because really, look at him. then look at Gale. NO. EFFING. CHOICE. Hemsworth doesn’t look like Gale-of-my-imagination, who is supposed (like Katniss) to have dark hair, grey eyes and kind of sallow skin. But at least Hemsworth is, like Gale, HOT. Hutcherson just looks silly, and Peeta needs to have a little bit of sweet gravitas.

  • foodycatAlicia

    I think he should probably leave the facial hair thing until he has a bit more to play with. Those fluffy tufts make him look about 14.

  • decormaven

    Does a leather jacket “toughen” a look? Or a toothpick behind the ear? He has such a sweet face, it seems a bit forced. Sort of like a bizarro shot of a baby on a black leather background.

    • foodycatAlicia

      I’m just grateful they didn’t stick a cigarette behind his ear. Such lazy styling. It’s the boy version of the heart sunglasses and lollypop for half-arsed art direction.

  • ashtangajunkie

    He’s adorable. Like a puppy or some four year olds.

  • Pterodactyl111

    As a straight woman in her mid-twenties, I think he’s pretty hot. He needs to blend his foundation into his neck better in the first picture though.

    • marlie

      I just noticed the makeup, and now I can’t un-see it.

  • lobsterlen

    This is a generalized statement and we bitter kittens are greatly entertained by poking fun at celebrity responses during interviews but many of the questions are horrible and cringeworthy. Often I am not sure how you could answer them without sounding like a jerk. Also I think the responses are further edited to illicit groans from readers. Your typical high school newspaper has better interviews. Ok that was my monthly moment of pity for Hollywood celebrities. Back to fun poking …

    • marlie

      These questions were certainly a little silly and borderline inappropriate, and I think he did a good enough job of answering them. What I find cringe-worthy are the celebs who are so far up their own assess that they have no clue that they sound like assholes in their interviews, edited or not (JHutch does NOT seem fall into that category, at least with this interview).

      • demidaemon

        That’s true. His was the rare case of the “no really good answer” questions, which he gave admirable answers to. Most of the time it’s the over-asked questions we’ve all heard before,which celebrities seem to give horrid, up their own rectums answers to. See Miley Cyrus, Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    He’s totally hot but does nothing for me. I’d let my sons be his wing men…his left overs would be nothing to sneeze at!

  • GTrain

    He’s trying way too hard, in both his responses and the photos.

  • Janet B

    He’s cute when they style him “tough”.

  • MissFern

    But how would you coach him to answer the question, I wonder? I thought his answer was as good as it could be considering the question. Thoughtful, open minded, respectful.

  • SylviaFowler

    It *was* a lesbian/bisexual woman who asked him the question, though. It wasn’t a gay man doing this interview.

    • demidaemon

      Still part of the GLBTQ continuum, working for a mag with a predominantly gay male audience.

      • SylviaFowler

        So gay men are to blame for this woman’s dumb question, just because they happen to read the magazine? Ok.

        • demidaemon

          No, but that is what the editors THINK gay men want to read about. And, certainly, they think young gay men want to know if they would ever have a chance with Mr. Hutcherson.

          Am I saying this question is a great question? Hardly. I’m just offering an opinion or possibility of why the question was asked and how she would get away with it.

          • formerlyAnon

            Most awful magazine interviews are based on what someone *thinks* their [often utterly unlike themselves] readers want to read about. I don’t want to think they’re right, but somebody or other (but not Mark Twain or P.T. Barnum who expressed similar thoughts, earlier) said that no-one ever went broke under-estimating the public.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    A toothpick behing the ear? Do people still do that???

  • jonnyf8

    Yeah, when was the last time they had someone Gay on the cover? I haven’t had a subscription for a couple of years now but they averaged about one every 10 months. I think Details features more Gay men than Out does.

  • stubbornthoughts

    He doesn’t need to be hot, he just needs to be Peeta, and he suits me fine for this reason. Love the cover more than the other pics.

    I just want him and Katniss to make out on the beach already.

  • jilly_d

    In this shoot, I am totally getting mid-90’s Brad Renfro. Anybody? Also, in about 10 years, he is going to be really. really. hot.

  • International Model

    He’s adorable. Here’s hoping he makes it to the post-adorable Handsome Valley and not the post-adorable Skeezy Mountain…

  • rkdgal

    And half your size!

  • bizarro

    Please relax your forehead, young man!

  • formerlyAnon

    He looks perfectly sexy, just not appealing to me personally. Some young’uns don’t look young in that unbaked way, but he does.

  • Imasewsure

    Agreed about the cringeworthy questioning and also about putting straight celebs on the cover. I guess it’s a nod to inclusion but what’s the point of being OUT if you aren’t going to feature proud and OUT people on the cover? Oh well, and Josh is cute. I like the pictures but he’s not my guy either

  • Morales Mike

    Toothpick behind the ear. That’s kinda gross. right? Otherwise I agree, he’s very cute in a “pat on the head” kind of way.

  • stephbellard

    I agree but his answers are pretty awesome for a mainstream teen-skewing celeb in a blockbuster franchise.

  • traceyishere

    Cute yes, the facial hair is a miss.

  • Nice_Shirt

    ‘Greaser’ is so not his look.

  • willworktomorrow

    I SO agree about the “gay or straight” question from gay journalists. Also, “how do you feel about your gay fans thinking you’re hot?” Ugh. So shame-inducing and pathetic. We are past this.

  • Trisha26

    Couldn’t agree more, TLo. And about that hypothetical female journalist query to Matt Bomer – female “journos” including DJs, “news” anchors, and celebutainment hosts a la Rancic have been asking Adam Lambert that very question since Idol ended in 2009. It’s insulting.

    • demidaemon

      I wonder why Adam gets these questions but Matt Bomer doesn’t. Could it perhaps have to do with the image AI forced him to originally sell?

  • Frankie_Fane

    His good looking window is probably going to close very soon. By the end of THE HUNGER GAMES press tour he looked so haggard and about fifteen years older. I can see him aging like Mickey Rooney.

  • VioletF.

    Yuck. Neck beard, oily greased hair, and a toothpick behind one ear? Plus his expression is pained. We are not amused.

  • StillGary

    I think you are very cool not to pick apart his awkward answer — he obviously didn’t wan’t to tell Out readership, “Hey, I don’t get the appeal of men … but it’s all good.” Did not see the article but it cracked me up when I read that he said he thought the Peeta character would be of the sensibility for a relationship with Catniss AND Gale… and he added something like, “it would be good for him.”

  • tixilyttik

    The answer got him a lot of mainstream press, so I guess mission accomplished. I agree with T&L. It’s a tired question and there’s no “correct” answer.
    No actor who wants a mainstream career will ever admit to bisexuality. Ever. 2013 or not. Never.

    • demidaemon

      Didn’t seem to hurt Anjelina. Or a few other starlets, as well. These are all female celebs, mind you, so there may be a big double standard there.

      • tixilyttik

        There is a huge difference between a female and male celebrity declaring their bisexuality. It will never happen with a male. It would be the end of a budding career. Even established male stars would not so much as admit a same sex encounter or two. It’s just not done.

  • demidaemon

    I find him incredibly attractive in this editorial but not so much in real life. Weird.

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  • Jecca2244

    he also never looks in real life half as good as he looks in movies and mags. Also, I thought he was gay and out. Yikes on my part.

  • Abdullah Alroumi

    I dont know why every time i see him i expect him to speak in german tongue !! He absolutely reminds me of those cute german boys i would lobe to date for a week only.