Watch: Ben Platt Explains Why It Took Him 5 Years To Start Dating BF Noah Galvin

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday June 12, 2021
Originally published on June 11, 2021

"Dear Evan Hansen" star Ben Platt admitted during an appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" that it took him five years to understand his longtime friend Noah Galvin was "the guy" for him. "I was pretty dumb about it," Platt told Clarkson.

The 27-year-old Tony Award winner, who is reprising his stage role as the title character in the upcoming film version of "Dear Evan Hansen," made the remarks during a June 8 sit-down on Clarkson's show.

"We were friends for five years and right before the pandemic, we finally decided to really give it a shot," Platt explained. "We kind of skated around it for a long time."

The couple lived with Platt's parents during the pandemic, he disclosed, saying, "It ended up being a beautiful time."

Platt later admitted he was "pretty dumb" when it came to catching on to the romantic possibilities of their friendship: "I didn't see the light for a long time and then I realize, you know, that he was the guy."

Galvin, 27, replaced Platt in the Broadway musical for about two and a half months after Platt exited the role. Prior to that, Galvin starred in the Dan Savage-inspired comedy "The Real O'Neals," which ran for two seasons. Galvin played gay teen Kenny O'Neal.

As People recalled, Galvin confirmed their status as a couple during a May 2020 appearance on the podcast "Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine."

"Ben and I are dating," Galvin said on the podcast, as per PEOPLE. "I asked him this morning, I was like, are we allowed to talk about this? And he's like, 'Don't go into our nitty-gritty, but yeah, people can know.' It's still relatively new."

Watch Platt's interview with Clarkson below:

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.