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15 Actors Who Stopped Being Straight After Playing A Gay Role

Now, before you get all uptight and offended, let's think this through for a moment. For a large portion of our population, beliefs are sturdy. Science could punch them in the face with fact and they

Now, before you get all uptight and offended, let's think this through for a moment. For a large portion of our population, beliefs are sturdy. Science could punch them in the face with fact and they still wouldn't let go of their ingrained belief system. Because of this, we're not even going to address the validity of the statement "stopped being gay." It might seem like an awkward thing to write. Truthfully, it is. But we live in a land ruled by perception. What we believe to be true is much more important than what is actually true. Frankly, truth and fact have no say in this discussion. It might be more accurate to say that we're focusing on actors who are no longer perceived as straight after a specific role. Maybe they played a gay character too convincingly or maybe the actor coincidentally came out after a role, there are several different scenarios. There's really only one thing that unites all of the actors on this list. They're all probably gay. And, even if they're not, people think they are, and that's what counts.

Some of you sit there, bouncing your eyes off these words under furrowed brows, thinking, why is it anyone's business? Who the hell cares? Well, quite simply, you care. You cared enough to read this far. We care for the same reason we care about an actor's political or religious affiliations. We care in the same way we care about an actor's salary, their family and their past. Celebrities, with all their eccentricities and quirks, are interesting folks. We want to know everything about them and, obviously, so do you.

Even though many of the stars on this list have either denied being gay or refused to address their sexuality, the way these actors are viewed was forever changed by one role. Here are 15 actors who stopped being straight after playing a gay role.

15 Lindsay Lohan ­– The Canyons

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14 Daniel Fanzese – Mean Girls

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Daniel Franzese, the actor who played Damian in Mean Girls, was gay during that film. No one ever doubted that. He played the hell out that gay part and we all just expected that he was openly out. But he wasn't. At least, that's what he decided to make everyone believe. In his "letter to Damian," Franzese described why he decided to go back into the closet for a brief period after Mean Girls. "When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles – Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty," he said. "So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a 'gay glass ceiling' in casting."

13 Kristen Stewart – The Runaways

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12 Matthew Goode – A Single Man

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11 Angelina Jolie – Foxfire

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10 Bella Thorne – The Babysitter

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9 Sean Hayes – Will and Grace

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8 Ellen Page – Whip It

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7 Vin Diesel – The Pacifier

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6 Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain

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5 Zachary Quinto – So Notorious

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4 James Dean – Rebel Without a Cause

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3 Tim Curry – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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2 James Franco – Everything

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1 Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family

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Eric Stonestreet plays the incredibly lovely Cam on Modern Family, a gay man and loving husband of Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Anyone who watches the show has no doubts about a few things: Phil is hilarious, Gloria is smoking hot, and Cam is gay. But guess what? He's not gay. Still, that hasn't even come close to stopping the rumors and the speculation. No one cared if Stonestreet was dating a real-life woman. People had seen enough of him on TV to know who he was in everyday life, even if they're wrong. Eric is Cam and Cam is gay. It's a little complicated, but it's just the way things work in Hollywood.

Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; EOnline

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