Hollywood is a land of pretend. We fall in love with characters and forget that they are merely actors. Acting is about embodying an image and mindset that varies depending on what character the actors are portraying. In today's society, the stigma around homosexuality had faded and many celebrities have come out with their sexuality. There are countless actors that are gay but are always cast as a straight character.
If you are an actor, you are expected to rise to certain challenges in order to play different roles. What people need to understand is that an actor’s sexual orientation does not matter because a talented actor is able to become someone else when they are at work. A straight actor should be able to play a gay character and a gay actor should be able to play a straight character. Although our society has come a long way with gay rights, there is still work that can be done. We need to stop defining people by labels like "gay" and "straight" and instead we need to define people for who they are as a person.
The following ten actors are doing an incredible job in breaking the stigma surrounding homosexuality; ten proud gay actors who only seem to play straight characters.
10 Victor Garber
9 Sarah Paulson
8 Matt Bomer
7 Guillermo Diaz
6 Raven Symone
5 Wentworth Miller
4 Cynthia Nixon
3 Jim Parsons
2 Jodie Foster
1 Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is best known for his role as Barney Stinson, the ladies man, player extraordinaire from the hit television series How I Met Your Mother. When he came out of the closet, the world was shocked. However, nothing in his career really changed, he continues to play straight roles, and why shouldn’t he. Since How I met Your Mother has come to an end, Neil Patrick Harris appeared in the insanely popular film Gone Girl as well as American Horror Story: Freak Show. Harris has a gorgeous husband and two stunning children and claims that he wouldn’t change his life for anything.
Sources: imdb.com, dailymail.co.uk
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