Jeremy Renner Doesn’t Care If You Think He’s Gay (or Not)

Jeremy Renner knows that when you Google his name, the first thing that comes up is “Jeremy Renner gay.” And he doesn’t care.

In fact, he thinks the fact that people suggest it as something negative is completely wrong and confusing.

Renner told Playboy in what shaped into a highly entertaining interview,

I’m not going to try to prove what I am or am not. It’s silly, right? When you google yourself and the first thing that comes up is ‘Jeremy Renner gay,’ it’s like, ‘Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star.’ I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F*cking say whatever the hell you want about me.

Look at where we’re at socially — leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever — I just don’t get it. Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?

Renner, of course, has a bad reputation for making sexist comments. There was the Jennifer Lopez Golden Globes incident, which he later defended, and most recently, the time he (and Chris Evans) slut-shamed their Avengers’ co-star Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow. The two later apologized.

On objectifing women telling Lopez on live TV that she had the nails and “the globes” to open the envelope revealing the winner for Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie, Renner told Playboy,

It’s my sense of humor. I don’t take things too seriously. I didn’t watch any of the Globes. I went to have a drink at the bar, and I kept hearing people all night saying, “Dude, that was the funniest thing,” “Bro, that was the best part of the show.” I was like, What are you talking about? I was clueless…

Actually, Jennifer thought it was f*cking funny and got a little sweaty and maybe even turned on by the whole experience. We partied at a couple of events afterward and had a good time.

Um, okay.

He continued to say,

Other people started running their mouths about it. Everybody’s entitled to an opinion, but I can’t be bothered. We gave zero f*cks. I would have made a public apology if it really hurt her feelings. It was the complete opposite, and she’s gone on record as saying she thinks Renner’s hysterical.

That’s Renner referring to himself in the third person, by the way.

The single father (he shares 2-year-old daughter Ava with estranged wife Sonni Pacheco) is currently engaged in a hefty custody battle, but when it comes to his daughter, there’s nothing to joke about.

I see anything that takes me away from my daughter, whether it’s something good like making Mission: Impossible 5 or something bad like my divorce, as a distraction and an obstacle. Now, if anything takes me away and I don’t get to see her, I just won’t do it. I don’t care what you pay me. All my energy goes toward her and her well-being. We split the time with Ava equally now. When it’s Daddy and Ava time, that’s all I do.

On losing his virginity (this is Playboy, after all, people), Renner confessed,

My story was awful, just like everybody else’s. It was just this random, uncomfortable thing, and I was so nervous. I remember my dad’s sex talk was ‘Son, no glove, no love.’ He opened a drawer. ‘Here are the condoms.’ I was a senior and my girlfriend was a freshman in the same high school… We were having a little teenage party at my dad’s house… Knowing the opportunity was finally going to present itself, I had put on the condom well before we were actually going to do it.

I was so nervous, I didn’t want to put it on inside out or upside down or anything. It happened on my dad’s water bed, where we both sort of passed out. I’m pretty sure it was uneventful for both of us.

Renner says his ex is now married with kids, “but I have no idea what she thinks. Maybe she goes to the movies and thinks, ‘Okay, Hawkeye was my first.’ Or she could have a voodoo doll of me, for all I know.”

Finally, Renner opens up about what one would call “resting bitch face.” He expressed, “My resting face can be very stern, like ‘murderous resting face’… I still don’t know how people perceive me, and ultimately I don’t care. They seem to think I want to murder them or I want to f*ck them.”

Alright, Hawkeye. All that being said, he’s a happy guy.

I feel it’s always an amazing time. You’re talking to a guy who’s really happy in his fucking flip-flops right now with his little daughter in her pajamas running around in the house, waiting for me. I’ve been born with a lot of love and still have even more love in my life. I’m a man like anybody else. I’m accepting of my flaws and of the good and bad things in my life. Even though there are some crappy things going on in life, I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Read Jeremy Renner’s entire interview with Playboy here.