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Billy Porter Directorial Debut Is ‘Manifesting’ the Oscars at the Premiere of ‘Anything Possible’

Billy Porter is just one letter away from achieving EGOT status, and with his directorial debut Anything is possibleHe might be able to make that lofty goal come true.

The star and filmmaker spoke with ET’s Denny Directo at the premiere of his film during Outfest Los Angeles’ opening night at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday, and he opened up about getting behind the camera and vying for Oscar gold.

“Its life changing. It’s essential,” Porter said of directing a feature film for the first time. “It’s the culmination of me being able to choose myself, to choose my authenticity from decades ago, to find a voice in this world that matters.”

“Maya Angelou says we have to love ourselves, so in love with ourselves, we teach people how to treat us,” he said. “If we don’t do it ourselves, no one else understands how to do it. We have to encourage ourselves, we have to motivate ourselves, we have to know that from the inside out, we are worthy.”

As far as possibly getting some Oscar love for Anything Possible—which he’ll then add to the Emmys, Grammys, and Tonys he’s already earned—Porter said it’s all about believing in your worth and making a difference. It’s about making it true.

“You have to speak life in itself,” he said. “Reveal!”

Anything is possible tells the heartwarming coming-of-age story of a trans high school girl as she tackles the dramas, romances and social nuances of senior year.

For Porter, directing the film was certainly more than a change for him, but Hollywood attempts to make a difference when it comes to representation in the media.

“I understood right in the middle of my career that if I were to fill the void that I saw exists in the lack of representation and the silence of the black voices and the strange voices and voices, I would Gotta find a way to show that I can do it myself,” Porter shared. “I was put here for a reason. And that’s the reason and that’s the purpose. It makes me emotional.”

Anything is possible Available July 22 on Amazon Prime Video.

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