Andrew Garfield Praised for Moving Insight on Grief After Mother's Death

Andrew Garfield's moving reflection on living with grief is being praised on social media after the actor explained how he channels dealing with the loss of his mother through his acting work.

The 38-year-old Spiderman actor is currently the star of Netflix's Tick, Tick... Boom! where he plays the late Rent composer Jonathan Larson.

In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Garfield spoke honestly about his experience with grief since losing his mother to cancer in 2019 and how that related to his portrayal of Larson, who died at the age of 35 on the night of the first preview of Rent.

"It's only a beautiful thing. It's all the unexpressed love; the grief that will remain with us," the actor told Colbert.

"We never get enough time with each other, no matter if someone lives till 60, 15 or 99."

When asked how art helps him deal with grief, Garfield explained: "I hope this grief stays with me because it's the unexpressed love that I didn't get to tell her.

"So for me, I was able to step into this in a way where I could honor this incredible life of Jonathan Larson," he continued tearfully. "I got to sing Jonathan Larson's unfinished song while simultaneously singing for my mother and her unfinished song."

He added: "I'm indebted to John and Lin-Manuel Miranda and everyone who has brought me to this place so that I can honor the most beautiful person that I've ever experienced in my life, through my art, and use it as a way to heal and sew up the wounds."

The actor's speech is circulating on Twitter today, where his insight into loss has moved many people.

"this is one of the most gorgeous outlooks on grief i have ever heard," said journalist Lucy Ford.

Author Bolu Babalola added: "This was so thoughtfully and tenderly expressed, God bless him. He describes art as 'sewing up wounds' and I'm going to carry that today."

While another person tweeted: "How eloquently stated. A tribute to his mum. A tribute to Jonathan Larson. A tribute to Stephen and Jon. A tribute to all people who value art and 'sews up our wounds.'"

Garfield's mother, Lynn, died of pancreatic cancer while he was filming The Eyes of Tammy Faye in 2019.

Speaking about how life has changed for him since, Garfield told GQ Magazine: "Like losing my mum, and my psyche being totally rearranged by that. And life taking on a completely different hue and texture and color.

"And my inner being totally different. Tasting things differently. Hearing. Smell. It's all different. Nothing's the same."

Tick, Tick... Boom! is streaming on Netflix now.

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US-British actor Andrew Garfield attends the GQ "Men of the Year" party at The West Hollywood EDITION on November 18, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. Michael Tran/AFP via Getty Images