Nov 17, 2013

Bobby Edner: Gay-Positive Child Star Grows Up and Bulks Up

In the short film The Seventh Sense (2001), a boy named Kyle (Bobby Edner) develops the mystical ability to see gay people.  The only problem is, they don't know they're gay.  With the help of benevolent psychiatrist, he puts his ability to good use, helping people to see themselves as they really are.

12-year old Bobby Edner was one of the most popular child stars of the 1990s, playing everything from the young Zack on Saved by the Bell to the "Can I touch your boobs" kid on Ellen, not to mention innumerable victims of child abuse, stranger danger, and incurable diseases.

He was most famous for The Day the World Ended (2001), about a boy who believes that his father was taken over by an alien and killed his mother.  No one believes him, but it turns out he was right.

And Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), as Francis, one of the testers of a real-life video game (along with Ryan Pinkston and Robert Vito).

Since he entered puberty, Bobby has had only a few screen roles, notably in Welcome to the Paradise (2007), as the son of a  female preacher (gasp!).  He is now a singer and a songwriter, formerly a member of the gay-positive boy band After Romeo.

He's also bulked up considerably, and apparently he's a gay ally.

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