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Straight Actors Describe Their Experiences Playing Gay Characters

Updated July 24, 2018 36.3k views20 items

In the early days of film, gay plotlines were largely off-limits. However, as both Hollywood and the public have evolved, same-sex stories have increasingly appeared on the big screen.

People have pushed for filmmakers to cast openly gay actors in gay roles, but an overwhelming number of straight actors still land these parts. Some eagerly embraced the challenge; others were hesitant.

The public used to chastise straight actors for playing homosexual characters. Most of society seems to have moved beyond such dismissive attitudes, though. If anything, straight actors have received substantial praise for their respective portrayals of LGBTQ+ characters, and they have a lot to say about their experiences.