There seems to be a bit of sexual ambiguity in Hollywood, and it can cause confusion determining the true sexual orientation of some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Male stars are undergoing Manscaping, “mani”-pedi’s, skin care treatments, and sometimes better hair products than some of the women in Hollywood; in fact, the term “metrosexual” was practically born in the entertainment industry.
Actors pride themselves on their ability to play all different sorts of characters, and sometimes the most convincing character portrayals just so happen to be gay. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have portrayed homosexual characters, from Will Smith in Six Degrees of Separation to Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. Many of these roles have earned the actors huge accolades, including Hilary Swank’s Oscar win for Best Actress in the film Boys Don’t Cry. With the hope of earning acknowledgement and respect, many actors are open to playing a bigger variety of characters on film and television.
However, it’s not just the professional life of a celebrity that often shows sexual ambiguity. Tabloid headlines are constantly filled with gay rumors for the biggest actors in Hollywood, and sometimes there are even sex scandals that cause people to wonder. When John Travolta married Kelly Preston, fans thought it would be a celebrity couple that would stand the test of time. However, numerous sexual allegations from male masseuses paint quite a different picture than the typical Hollywood husband.
With the line being so blurred in Hollywood, it’s no wonder that so many celebrities are starting to have gay tendencies. From provocative and shocking to comedic and chummy, check out our list of 15 celebrities with gay tendencies and see whether you’re favorite A-lister made the cut.
15. Matthew McConaughey
Married to Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey has been an American heartthrob ever since his breakout role as the ladies’ man in Dazed and Confused. With so many back-to-back film successes, audiences saw that he could play more than just a playboy character. From an astronaut in Interstellar to an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey has proven to be able to play any character with believability.
When he agreed to play a detective in the HBO series, True Detective, fans saw instant chemistry between him and his fellow actor, Woody Harrelson. The season was a huge success that led to a long list of accolades for both men and the series as a whole. What it also resulted in was a bromance between the two actors that could be seen in public, “inside jokes” told on stage while presenting at the 2014 Emmy’s, and even some photos showing Matthew McConaughey playfully sitting on Woody’s lap.
14. Dax Shepard
While celebrities often talk about their secret crushes are in Hollywood, usually it entails who they would hope to date in their real lives. While Dax Shepard may have first gained fans through his comedic efforts, his marriage to Kristen Bell has actually been even more helpful in furthering his career. Landing lucrative commercial endorsements, the public can’t get enough of those marital bliss ads featuring the latest Samsung appliances.
However, he hasn’t quit his comedic stunts, and even has an infamous crush on Brad Pitt. Mentioned numerous times on daytime TV, Ellen DeGeneres even gifted him a painting where she superimposed Dax’s face alongside Brad Pitt’s. He seemed overjoyed by the painting, and Kristen Bell even shared a photo of the painting hung over their master bed.
13. January Jones
January Jones has created a distinct reputation since first being introduced to audiences on the hit show, Mad Men, with not all of it depicting her in the most flattering light. Romantically linked to numerous men in Hollywood, some of the biggest names were already married. However, the biggest scandal involved the birth of her first child, as even today she still refuses to name the baby’s father. During an ultra provocative spread for Violet Grey, January Jones posed nude in a bathtub and was asked a series of personal questions. One of the questions was, “Who do you want to go to bed with, dead or alive?” and her response was “Paul Newman or Rihanna.”
12. Ben Affleck
When Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won their first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting, the world became fascinated with the story of two childhood friends making it famous together. While the two have collaborated on different projects since their big win, they generally went their separate ways to become film stars individually. From Matt Damon’s performance as Jason Bourne to Ben Affleck’s portrayal as Batman, the two seemed to know how to play to their strengths. However, they never quite forgot about each other, and are often spoken about in regards to their “bromance.” Recently, Ben Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, wearing a giant and puffed out suit. Within the suit, he was hiding Matt Damon, who seemed to be straddling him with a harness attachment. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is.
11. Jenna Jameson
Jenna Jameson is one of the most well-known adult film actresses of all time, and has been able to mingle with all the glitterati on and off the red carpet. Wendy Williams has mentioned numerous times how she had spent time with Jenna off camera, and she has also been photographed with various reality television stars on the red carpet. In her adult entertainment career, she seemed to want to stray from the standard type of films, and started performing strictly girl-on-girl acts. However, this isn’t the only time Jenna Jameson had expressed some gay tendencies. VH1 featured a special entitled, I Love the 80s Strikes Back, and they gave Jenna Jameson a role providing commentary. After showing a clip of “I’m A Slave 4 U” by Britney Spears, Jenna is shown saying, “I would bathe in Britney’s sweat.”
10. Diana Ross
When Lil Kim showed up at the VMA’s wearing a full bodysuit with an entire breast hanging out, people thought she had taken her provocative apparel to a new level. Covering her nipple with just a fan-shaped pasty, she strutted down the red carpet and onto the stage without ever faltering. However, when Diana Ross felt her up in front of the cameras and the entire audience, she stood in shock and amazement. While Diana undoubtedly meant it as a way to bring attention to an already-ridiculous outfit, it was definitely strange to see an icon like Diana Ross grope another woman’s breast on TV.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Madonna has made a career of pushing the boundaries of sexuality. During the now-infamous stage performance at the 2003 VMA’s, Madonna performed with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott. However, it was the kiss with Britney Spears that had people dropping their jaws and talking long after the performance was done. While Madonna went on to marry Guy Ritchie and have children, the infamous kiss was just another publicity stunt to get people talking. When Larry Rudolph, Spears’ longtime manager, was questioned by Billboard magazine about that fateful day, he talked about how happy Madonna was right after their performance, stating, “[she] wrapped her arms around my waist and gave me a big kiss on the lips. And, you see Larry, it was all worth it.”
8. Christina Aguilera
Throughout Christina Aguilera’s career, there have been numerous rumors regarding her partying habits in her personal life. However, it’s not the reports of being seated in the VIP section at the club and bringing up hot females for companionship that has put her on this list. Since these claims have all been unsubstantiated and Christina has been married and portrayed as a doting mother, any stories sold to the tabloids can seem like it was started by just another celebrity hopeful trying to make a name for themselves.
The moment that landed Christina on this list was actually on the family-friendly show, The Voice. During the blind auditions, one of the contestants claimed she had a girl-crush on Christina and so she was invited to come down to the red chair and have a kiss. Christina then kissed the contestant on the lips, and of course, she became the chosen mentor.
7. Charissa Thompson
Generally, reporters are pretty professional during interviews. Whether it’s a broadcaster on the news or an interviewer on the red carpet, often it’s the interviewee that is meant to shine. However, Extra’s Charissa Thompson became the subject of controversy when she professed a major girl-crush on actress Kate Hudson at the 2016 Golden Globes. The two were paired up again during a sit down interview with Kate Hudson and Jack Black when promoting the latest film. While Jack Black seemed completely intrigued, Kate Hudson took it in stride saying, “Look at her! How could I not be excited.”
6. Ariana Grande
Don’t be fooled by Ariana Grande’s girlish looks and cute hairstyles. She is known for her scantily-clad stage ensembles, dating the occasional rapper, and having a few diva moments off-screen. She fell victim to over-sharing to the public, but not through paparazzi photos as you’d think. Instead, she shared the moment herself by accidentally posting a video online. Fooling around with her former Disney cast-mate, Liz Gillies, Ariana was editing the video on Instagram when she accidentally posted it for all her followers to see. The two shared a brief little kiss, innocent enough, but it definitely puts a spin on this baby-faced music artist known for her beautiful Mariah Carey-esque voice.
5. Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer is known for her distinct style as a female comic, and it has translated into a successful film career. While she’s definitely not one to shy away from exploiting her sexuality, she isn’t exactly what you might think of as an actress seeking out attention just for attention’s sake. Instead, she seems real, down to earth, and someone every girl needs to be friends with. During the 74th Annual Peabody Awards, Amy Schumer was being presented an award by Tina Fey when Tina opened up with an extremely funny skit about what they were planning to do to “honor” Amy Schumer. Tina made it seem like the two actresses were going to do a kissing scene, saying, “I really wanted to come down here tonight, in a Madonna kind of way, try to like eat her youth, and maybe suck her soul out in a very awkward, staged lesbian kiss.” However, someone didn’t tell Amy Schumer that this was just a funny introduction to bring her out because as soon as she was called out on stage she went ahead and planted two kisses on Tina Fey.
4. Christian Bale
Christian Bale has had a hugely successful professional career, from his highly acclaimed performance in The Dark Night film series to his scene stealing performance in The Fighter. However, he hasn’t had the same likable characteristics off-screen. Family drama that played out in the tabloids and a leaked audio recording where he starts cursing and screaming at a member of the film crew, haven’t exactly painted the most admirable character for Christian Bale. Who knew that all it took was a little man-on-man action to make him appear more endearing to audiences?
During the Critics’ Choice Awards, Bale took home the win for Best Actor In A Comedy for his role in The Big Short. Shortly after Bale kissed his wife, director Adam McKay leaned over and kissed him right on the mouth. Screenwriter Charles Randolph also went in for a big kiss, and Christian opened up his acceptance speech by saying, “that was just a lovely make-out session with my wife and with Adam and with Charles. We all really got to know each other very well on this film.”
3. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock is more than just an accomplished actress that can nail a drama, romance, or action film. She is also known for her hilarious antics off-screen, and her ability to befriend the biggest stars in Hollywood. During her acceptance speech at the 2010 Academy Awards, she referenced a kiss she shared with the renowned Meryl Streep throughout her time on the podium. Calling Meryl Streep, “such a good kisser,” and later wrapping it up by thanking, “my lover, Meryl Streep,” Sandra Bullock uses these gay tendencies as part of her comic routine, and it makes her even more endearing to audiences.
2. Kanye West
Dating Amber Rose for two years prior to her going on to date and marry Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and Amber Rose have a definite shared past. Since Kanye went on to marry Kim Kardashian, he has had to battle his fair share of attacks against him and his new relationship. However, it was the Twitter feud he began with Wiz Khalifa that brought on the biggest insult to his character. When Kanye felt that Wiz was making a reference to Kim, he lashed out by tweeting, “you let a stripper trap you,” referencing Amber Rose’s past as a stripper.
However, it was Amber that got the last laugh. While she had been pretty quiet about the intimate details surrounding their failed relationship, that all stopped when she tweeted, “Awww @kanyewest are u mad I’m not around to play in ur a***ole anymore? #FingersInTheBootyA**B****.” Since it’s not exactly common for a rapper to be known for his love of stimulation, the backlash to this tweet was seen around the world, and Kanye immediately took down the tweets regarding negativity towards Amber Rose.
1. Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell has made a career out of portraying obscene characters, and provoking laughter from ridiculous man-on-man action. There have been too many kisses to mention, since it seems every awards show has Will Ferrell kissing another celebrity on the lips. However, the public never seems to tire of his over-the-top antics. From his kiss with Sacha Baron Cohen onstage at the MTV Movie Awards to the lip sync battle on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he never stops. He was even slapped in the face by Kevin Hart when he tried to go in for a kiss during Kevin’s rendition of “All Of Me.”