15 Straight Actresses Who Played Gay Characters Very Convincingly

One of our favourite sub genre of movies are lesbian ones, and we're not afraid to admit it. Films and television shows featuring a hot lesbian character gets us hot under the collar in more ways than one! We love the idea of a girl who is willing to put it all out there, get up and close and personal with another chick, but go home and want to be with a man. Maybe that makes us selfish, but let us hold onto this fantasy!

The truth is, in a television and film world continually dominated by the same remakes, filmmakers and stories, narratives about LGBT characters has offered new ways around old stories. For so much of pop cultural history these stories were too taboo to be seen in any kind of mainstream film or television show, so it's only in the past couple of decades that the experiences and stories have been a storytelling option. In many countries, homosexuality is still illegal and still has dire consequences. Representation matters.

While in an ideal world, part of this representation would involve having more LGBT actors having equal opportunities to their heterosexual counterparts. We don't live in that world, and aside from featuring some of our favourite actresses on this list, most of these movies and television shows are actually pretty good, too.

15 Naya Rivera - Glee

14 Dakota Fanning - The Runaways

13 Alyson Hannigan - Buffy The Vampire Slayer

12 Cher - Silkwood

11 Piper Perabo - Lost and Delirious

10 Gina Gershon - Bound

9 Lena Headey - Imagine Me and You

8 Natasha Lyonne - But I’m A Cheerleader

7 Naomi Watts - Mulholland Dr.

6 Jennifer Beals - The L Word

5 Eva Longoria - Without Men

4 Laura Prepon - Orange is the New Black

3 Rooney Mara - Carol

2 Angelina Jolie - Gia

1 Olivia Wilde - The OC

Olivia Wilde is our ultimate girl crush and it breaks our heart that she's currently taken - though, to be fair, we are pretty happy she ends up with funny guy Jason Sudeikis. We were first introduced to Wilde's exotic beauty back in the early 2000s when she first appeared on The OC, and not unlike the guys on the show, we were breathlessly taken aback by her incredible beauty. On the show, she locked lips with two leading ladies, Mischa Barton and Ashley Greene -- sustaining a long-term relationship with the former. The show was ahead of its time in a lot of ways by how it depicted gay relationships by making them seem incredibly normal and sensual. There was very little stigma around them and the show did not shy away from showing it all. In a pretty fun interview with her husband, she was asked which leading lady she preferred smooching with, to which she answered: “I joked about inspiring a young generation of lesbians, but I do think it represented an alternative lifestyle for young women that I don’t think had been fairly represented enough in young, soapy drama so I’ll say Mischa. Two thumbs up!”

Sources: TheDailyMail, TheHuffingtonPost

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15 Straight Actresses Who Played Gay Characters Very Convincingly