February 1, 2024

Famous Gay Actors Who Have Played Straight Characters

We’re often told that straight actors have no business playing LGBTQ characters, but it's important to remember that many gay actors have also played straight ones. Some of them have even nailed it, which makes for an impressive career feat.

Matt Bomer has never been afraid to play straight men in his acting career, but he's also been unafraid to let people know that he is a guy who likes guys. And that's what makes his performance so convincing in NBC's upcoming rom-com The Boys in the Band.

He's also been an outspoken supporter of gay rights and has praised the "incredible explosion of visibility" for the community since coming out in 2011. Zachary Quinto is probably best known for his monstrous roles on Heroes and American Horror Story, but he was openly gay before that. He's still very outspoken about his sexuality, and he has also been involved with several gay organizations.

Similarly, Sarah Paulson has dated both women and men, which she says she's proud of. Her heartwarming speech at the time of the death of Jamey Rodemeyer made headlines, and she's also done some work for LGBT youth advocacy.

But perhaps the most resonant example comes from 2017's Call Me By Your Name. Timothee Chalamet's performance as Elio is not only a beautiful depiction of gay love, but it launched his career into super stardom. This is only a small list of the famous gay actors who have played straight characters. Others to consider include Portia de Rossi, Neil Patrick Harris (who has nailed the womanizing character on How I Met Your Mother) and Wentworth Miller (who was acclaimed for his role as Michael Scofield in Prison Break).


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