In an interview with Time Magazine in 2015, Ellen Page said that it is "borderline offensive" when straight people are called brave when they play LGBTQ roles. Many people share her views on that issue, while many others respect but do not agree with her views. What we can all agree on for a fact is that acting is not easy and, just like any other profession out there, it has its challenges that an actor needs to overcome. Anyone who can read a script, get into character and bring the character that is on paper to life, is a great actor deserving the praise that comes with his or her accomplishments.
These days, many movies and series have gay characters in them, but you find that most of the people playing these roles are straight. A fan who has closely followed a particular actor for a period would be shocked to see him or her playing a role that has been inconsistent with what he or she is known for. Apart from the very experienced actors like Johnny Depp who can execute any role flawlessly, most other characters tend to lack a certain convincing aspect when they are too far from their comfort zone.
Therefore, when we, the audience, are introduced to an actor playing a character who is gay, we subconsciously expect that the actor is gay in real life too - especially if the actor appears in a long-running series. However, the above is not usually the case, because actors these days play any role, regardless of the sexual orientation of the character in the script.
Here are 20 characters that audiences think, or have been tempted to assume, are gay, because of how convincing they are in their roles. Whether or not you believe these actors are brave is your opinion, but we can all agree that these and many more out there have something special about them, right?
20 Bridget Regan (Rose Solano in Jane the Virgin)
19 Patrick Sabongui (Captain David Singh in The Flash)
18 Andrea Parker (Sarah Souders in Red Band Society)
17 Viola Davis (Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder)
16 Brendan Fehr (Drew Allister in The Night Shift)
15 Juan Pablo Raba (Joey Gutierrez in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
14 Annaleigh Ashford (Betty Dimello in Masters of Sex)
13 Laura Prepon (Alex Vause in Orange Is the New Black)
12 Samantha Mathis (Alice Calvert in Under the Dome)
11 Sherri Saum (Lena Adams-Foster in The Fosters)
10 Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul in Arrow)
9 Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene in Scandal)
8 Rob James-Collier (Thomas Barrow in Downton Abbey)
7 Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler in The Walking Dead)
6 Antonio Te Maioha (Barca in Spartacus)
5 Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker in Modern Family)
4 Heather Morris (Brittany S. Pierce in Glee)
3 Thomas Dekker (Zack in Heroes)
2 Jack Coleman (Bill Forbes in The Vampire Diaries)
1 Archie Panjabi (Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife)
The Good Wife was a legal and political drama series that aired for seven seasons on CBS, with the final episode airing on May 8, 2016. Archie Panjabi plays the role of Kalinda Sharma, a bisexual woman who loves relationships with women more than the way she loves men. Her preference for women results from her perception that women understand her feelings and her needs more than the men do, and they help her win her cases. Her character will obviously make you think that Archie Panjabi is gay or bisexual because she plays the role so well. However, Archie Panjabi is straight and has been married to Rajesh Nihalani since 1998.
Sources: Time.com, Frostsnow.com, Westender.com, Wikipicky.com, Usmagazine.com, Nytimes.com, Rollingstone.com, Dailymail.co.uk, Articlebio.com and Express.co.uk.
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