One of the greatest perks of being an actor is that you get to experience roles that might never be a part of yourself. We as the audience, relate and fall in love with them even without realizing that this is just a masked face. This for sure creates a wave of a particular mindset. In today’s society, homosexuality is no longer a stigma that would suffice your relationship to private locations or give someone a reason to bully you. Since actors are considered as role models and an eye to the general public, their acceptance of homosexuality for sure would’ve helped people in acknowledging their sexual orientation and personality. Here are 12 gay actors who portrayed the role of straight characters flawlessly.
1. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil is well known for his character of Barney Stinson, a serial womanizer on the tv series How I Met Your Mother. This actor had also been part of hits like Doggie Howser, M.D., Starship Troopers, Beastly, The Smurfs, Gone Girl and many more. Doubtlessly, in his early days of career, he came out as the most successful child actors of the modern television era. In November 2006, he revealed to the world that he is one among the gay actors. He and his husband, David Burtka, have a twin daughter and son.
2. Cynthia Nixon
We all recognize her as the Miranda Hobbes from the television show Sex and the City. In series, she flawlessly portrayed the role of a successful lawyer and a man-eater. Eventually, she came out as a bisexual after a public split from her husband for many years. She is now married to Christine Marinoni since 2012 and they have a child together.
3. Wentworth Miller
Much to everyone’s surprise, the Prison Break stud, Michael Scofield is a proud member of the Gay Community. He was born in Oxfordshire, England and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After landing a few small roles, he got his big break, Prison Break, and then there was no looking back. He has also starred in The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Ghost Whisperer and many others. He came out as a gay in 2013. This heart-throb is extremely open regarding the struggles and challenges he had to face due to his sexuality. Oh man, how can one resist the charm and innocence of his eyes?
4. Jodie Foster
Born in LA, Jodie Foster is an extremely famous actor, film director, and producer. She has been acting in commercials since she was 3. Like rest of them, she has played straight characters to the best of her ability and the most famous one was Annabelle Bransford in Maverick. She publicly came out in 2013 during her acceptance speech for Golden Globes Cecille B. DeMille Award.
5. Jim Parsons
We can’t deny the fact that Sheldon Cooper of CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory is one of the most beloved characters on television. He was able to hide his personal lifestyle choices for quite a period of time. But after he rose to fame as a member of series, New York Times piece in 2012 was able to confirm that he is a gay. He had been in a relationship with his partner, Todd Spiewak for over 10 years.
6. Sara Gilbert
Well, looks like Sara adds to list of gay actors on the sets of The Big Bang Theory. She has played many straight characters, including Darlene Cooper on Roseanne. However now, she is in her second long term relationship. she was married to Allison Adler, from 2001 to 2011. After splitting, she married musician Linda Perry in 2014.
7. Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer, yet another gay actor who makes women go weak in the knees. C’mon, who doesn’t love Neal Caffrey from White Collar? He has been acting since 2001 but it was after his role in White Collar, his fame rose to the level that could set anyone ablaze. Flawlessly portraying the role of Ken in Magic Mike was no less than a cherry on the cake. In 2012, he publicly acknowledged that he was a gay, and has 3 sons with his partner, Simon Halls.
8. Lily Tomlin
Society wasn’t that supportive towards the gay community back in time. Lily is one such hero who wasn’t afraid during those early eras of television to show her true personality. She has played several straight characters including Vivian Jaffe in I Heart Huckabees. She married her partner, Jane Wagner in 2013 following the legalization of gay marriage.
9. David Hyde Pierce
Another entry to the list of gay actors is David who has played the character of Niles Crane, a psychiatrist on the sitcom Frasier. He has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for his amazing work on the show. He has also been a part of Bright Lights, Big City, Chains of Fools, Osmosis Jones, Treasure Planet and many more. He came out in 2007 and is married to Brian Hargrove, his partner for over 20 years.
10. Sarah Paulson
She has been playing Harriet Hayes on Studio 60 on the Sunset Trip. She dated men before being with Cherry Jones from 2004 to 2009.
11. Zachary Quinto
Known for playing the roles of Dr. Oliver Thredson, Sylar, and Spock, Zachary is not only an actor but a film producer as well. He came out as a gay publicly in 2011, after the suicide of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer. He also has been a long time supporter of gay rights campaigns and organizations.
12. Ellen Page
Born and raised in Canada, she literally grew up on acting on Canadian television starting at the age of 10. She appeared in quite a number of Canadian movies and television shows, before landing a supporting role in 2006 film X Men: The Last Stand. Among all the straight characters, her role of a pregnant teenager in Juno was well appreciated by everyone. In Feb 2014, she accepted her sexual orientation as a lesbian at a Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Time ToThrive’ conference.
Well, is your favorite actor in the list? Doubtlessly, all of them had been flawlessly portraying their characters, whatsoever it may be. I am pretty sure that their coming out as gay actors publicly would’ve left millions of fans heartbroken and gay community much more proud.