In New Book, 'Younger' Star Nico Tortorella Identifies as Queer, Shares Ashton Kutcher Story

Saturday September 21, 2019

"Younger" star Nico Tortorella has a new book in which the actor opens up about sexuality, gender, their love life, substance abuse and run-ins with celebrities, including Ashton Kutcher, People magazine reports.

In "Space Between," Tortorella identifies as "queer, non-binary, bisexual" and prefers they/them pronouns. The book also recalls a moment in which they allegedly got yelled at by Ashton Kutcher after they got high during a cast party for "The Beautiful Life," a 2009 TV show partly inspired by Kutcher's life.

The moment was a "wake-up call," Tortorella told People magazine.

"As a queer person, unfortunately the way that we usually find each other is in bars," they said. "It really lends to the fostering of addiction and alcohol and drug issues. I obviously went down that path quite a few times in my life. Only when I was really able to let go of that crutch was I able to really find myself."

Tortorella's run-in with Kutcher came during a cast party when they approached Kutcher to ask for career advice — just before Tortorella had gone to the bathroom to do cocaine.

"Don't ever put anything up your nose," Kutcher told Tortorella, according to the book, People reports.

"I'd literally just come out of the bathroom from doing a handful of key bumps," Tortorella writes. "Ashton's a smart dude, and he very quickly realized I was high. He got in my face and started yelling at me, telling me I was flushing my entire career down my nose in front of everyone, including Demi Moore and Bruce Willis."

The "Younger" star said they were "embarrassed" and was so high, they stood up to Kutcher.

"In my mind I was hyper-calm and in control, telling him this wasn't the place to have an argument like this when in actuality my jaw was probably doing the Macarena as I was blaming everyone else," Tortorella writes.

The next morning, they regretted the moment and sent Kutcher an apology email.

"Life is not a dress rehearsal, Nico," Kutcher wrote back, according to Tortorella. "You either show up, or you're out."

Elsewhere in the book, Tortorella opens up about his family history and their relationship with spouse Bethany Meyers. They also discuss their sexuality and gender.

Tortorella will play the lead role in an upcoming "Walking Dead" spin-off.

"Space between" is out now.

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