As we continue to navigate an ever-evolving cultural landscape, it's important for Hollywood to keep pushing forward and expanding representation. Whether that means putting LGBTQIA+ actors in roles that would normally go to straight people or letting non-binary stars take the spotlight, it's essential to have diverse stories on screen. And these actors have proved that they're up to the challenge, often with outstanding results.
While many actors have played gay characters, a few of them have really made it work. Rosie O'Donnell is probably the most famous of these, and her activism in support of same-sex marriage and adoption rights has helped her stand out as a fierce advocate for the community. She's also a well-respected actress who's appeared in a number of straight movies and television shows, including playing the titular character in A League Of Their Own.
Other notable gay actors who've played straight roles include Zachary Quinto (Spiderman, Star Trek Beyond) as the asexual sex doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D. and Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Elliot Page has a similar story, portraying teen Juno MacGuff in Juno, which led to her being nominated for an Oscar.
And then there's Asia Kate Dillon, who plays Bobby's married, straight friend Edgar in the hit TV show Bros and is the first openly bisexual actor to have a leading role on US TV. She's also a hugely talented film actor and has starred in films like Atomic Blonde and Mad Max: Fury Road. As a non-binary performer who uses the pronouns they/them, Dillon has pushed for more non-binary roles and even wrote a New York Times op-ed about how they felt when Hollywood refused to give them leading man roles.