15 gay stars who played straight characters on screen
These actors really did their jobs well and were able to transform themselves into something that their characters demanded
What your character is on screen is not a reflection of who you are in real life and the skill of acting is being able to comfortably switch between the two of these things. Being openly gay has now become a lot more accepted than it was earlier and some of these actors/ actresses had a tough time dealing with that. However, this did not reflect on who they were on screen, and they were lost in their character.
These are 15 gay stars who played straight characters on screen:
#15 Neil Patrick Harris - Barney Stinson
Neil Patrick Harris is openly gay and came out in the year 2007 when he revealed, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." Neil and his husband, David Burtka, have a twin daughter and son. He is known for his notorious character Barney Stinson in the show How I Met Your Mother.
#14 Jane Lynch - Paula
Jane Lynch is a big supporter of the LGBT community and the Glee star is openly gay herself. In the comedy series, Best in Show, she even played one half of a very funny lesbian couple though she has also played straight roles such as The 40-year-old Virgin. She was briefly married to Lara Embry from the year 2010 to 2014.
#13 Jim Parsons - Sheldon Cooper
Who doesn't love the socially awkward, and notoriously sarcastic Sheldon Cooper? And we were all thrilled when Cooper got into a relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler on the series The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons has played quite a few straight roles and has been in a relationship with his partner, Todd Spiewak, for around 10 years. He has also acted in Home, Garden State, and The Muppets.
#12 Luke Evans - Gaston
This openly gay actor from Welsch has played numerous straight roles in multiple movies. As of the most recent role, he played the part of the narcissistic Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Luke Evans is also very known for his role in the Fast and Furious series where he plays the role of the villain Owen Shaw who was Michelle Rodriguez's boyfriend for some time.
#11 Ricky Martin - Miguel Morez
Martin came out as gay in the year 2010 when he wrote a statement on his website which said, "These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed." Since his coming out, he has been a supporter of the gay community. He played the straight role of Miguel Morez on General Hospital.
#10 Ellen Page - Juno
We all remember the crude yet intriguing character of Juno, a story about a teenage girl who decides to go through with an accidental pregnancy. Ellen Page came out as openly gay in the year 2014 at a youth event for the Human Rights Campaign. She has played several straight roles and is best known for playing the role of the pregnant girl in the movie Juno.
#9 Wentworth Miller - Michael Scofield
The star revealed he was openly gay and broke many hearts from all over the globe. He played the straight character of Michael Scofield in the thrilling series Prison Break. He came out in the year 2013 when he posted a letter on the GLAAD website. He had decided to not attend a Russian film festival because of their staunch anti-gay laws.
#8 Cynthia Nixon - Miranda Hobbes
Cynthia Nixon is best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on the TV show Sex and the City. In the show, she even has a son and her character ends up marrying Steve Brady. In reality, she is married to her partner Christine Marinoni. The pair got married in the year 2012. Nixon has acted in Sex and the City, Amadeus, and Sex and the City 2.
#7 Jodie Foster - Annabelle Bransford
During her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award, Jodie Foster decided to come out and reveal that she was gay in the year 2013. She said, "I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the Stone Age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met." She has played many straight roles including Annabelle Bransford in Maverick.
#6 Portia de Rossi - Lindsay Bluth Funke
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are one of the most liked gay couples and they have the support of many loyal fans and followers. Portia and Ellen decided to tie the knot in the year 2008. Portia has played several straight characters and is best known for her role as Lindsay Bluth Funke in Arrested Development.
#5 Rock Hudson - Brad Allen
Rock Hudson never officially came out during his lifetime as an actor though he was widely known to be a homosexual. Many in the gay community would understand the personal struggles that you could have in deciding to come out to people as openly gay. He was the first major star to die of AIDS. He has played several straight characters in his career in films such as Giant, Pillow Talk, Send Me No Flowers, and McMillan & Wife.
#4 Matt Bomer - Neal Caffrey
When actor Matt Bomer announced that he was gay in the year 2012, he disappointed many who had fallen for the star. Bomer has three sons with his partner, Simon Halls. He has played many straight characters in shows such as White Collar, In Time, Guiding Light, and Winter's Tale but is best known for his character Neal Caffrey on the show White Collar.
#3 Heather Matarazzo - Dawn Wiener
Heather Matarazzo is an openly gay actor and was also the keynote speaker at the annual conference for the gay, lesbian, and straight education network of Boston. She has played many straight characters through her career so far, one of her best roles being that of Dawn Wiener in the film Welcome to the Dollhouse. She has also acted in The Princess Diaries, The Devil's Advocate, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Scream 3, and Saved!
#2 Rosie O'Donnell - Betty Rubble
Actor and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell decided to publicly come out in the year 2002 and since then she has been an advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriages, and gay adoption rights. In the year 2012, she married Michelle Rounds. O'Donnell has played many straight characters such as Betty Rubble, wife of Barney, in The Flintstones and Doris in A League of Their Own.
#1 Guillermo Diaz - Guillermo Garcia Gomez
Some people look at their differences as something to drive them and push them to be who they are and Guillermo Diaz is one of them. Diaz says that he is openly gay but hiding his sexuality in his youth is something which helped him to become a better actor. He has played many straight characters but is best known for his role in Weeds as the character Guillermo Garcia Gomez.
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