February 1, 2024

10 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Roles

Whether it's playing the role of gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' or the openly-gay lead character Chiron in 2017's 'Call Me By Your Name,' actors with an innate talent to make a role believable can play any kind of person. Throughout the years, several straight actors have also played gay roles and made them feel natural on screen. While some actors, like Darren Criss, have sworn off taking gay roles, others, such as Cate Blanchett and Ben Whishaw, have used their talents to do the work justice.

Back in the day, actors would keep their sexuality secretive due to prejudicial casting directors or the fear of alienating fans. Today, however, that's not the case. Actors such as Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto have openly embraced their sexuality and make the process of being gay seem completely natural.

There is a long list of actors who have successfully done so, from Jack Whitehall to Jennifer Lawrence to countless stars of TV shows and film. Even cisgender actors such as John Waters and Jane Lynch have done the job, though they may not have openly identified themselves as gay at the time of the release.

Then there are the likes of Lee Pace and Luke Evans, who have both made their names as leading men despite being out gay. The Welsh actor has played everything from a sleazy Hollywood producer in 'Hollywood' to the campy Gaston in Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast.


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