“It’s Called Acting!” Gay Or Bisexual Celebs Who Tend To Play Straight Roles

May 29, 2014 ‐ By

Gay Or Bisexual Celebs Who Tend To Play Straight Roles

A lot of us like to think our gaydar is in never broken and perfectly in tact. But if, truth be told our gaydar is rooted mostly in stereotypes and too much one-sided media consumption. But that’s another story for another day. Thing is, there have been plenty of gay or bisexual actors and actresses who we’ve watched for years on big and small screens and audiences were never the wiser…of course until that person “came out” or in some cases was outted. Either way, get into this list of gay actors and actresses who play straight roles. There might be a few surprises. I know I found some people who literally blew my mind.

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  • Fraulien Miller

    Who cares? I mean REALLY? What’s the point that you’re trying to make with this article? In my home all you’ve done is put them on the not allowed to be in a movie or TV show on my TV. Why would you want to do that to them? Now when I look at these people, that’s all I will see. Was this suppose to have some sort of meaning or was this for your own profit? I truly see this as a waste of time and again…Who cares?

  • No surprise with most. Glad Nel Carter and Wanda Sykes will not be after my body. But please Jodi Foster say it aint so. It is bad enough being too old for you

  • Imma Human

    Dang it! I have to take Jonathan Bennet off my list of people-to-go-back-in-time-so-i-can-be-their-age-so-i-could-date-them (which i make in my head as i go)

  • Rick Elliott Jr

    How the hell is Neil Patrick Harris not on this list!?

  • Quivorian

    Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper in TBBT), John Barrowman (Malcom Merlyn of Arrow, Jack Harkness of Torchwood/Doctor Who) and Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson of HIMYM).


  • Lloyd Franklin

    The most famous gay actor playing a straight person all the time has to be Neil Patrick Harris.

    • Maggie_Greene

      You got that right!!! He’s not only been a successful actor just about his entire life, he also took on the difficult task of hosting the Academy Awards last year….

  • noahpetshop

    What is wrong with “poosie” for christ`s sake ? Why be a shirt lifter ?

  • noahpetshop

    So are we to accept A*se shaggers, the shirt lifters, as normal now ?

  • emersonushc13

    For the 347th time this year so far, thank you for this wonderful teaching moment.

  • TrashbugKyle69

    You forgot Neil Patrick Harris!!! Always acts as a straight guy, but he’s gay

  • Larry Lovage

    Should have mentioned that Sara Gilbert who started by dating Johnny Galecki on Roseanne continued the straight-acting recently by sleeping with Johnny Galecki on Big Bang Theory.

  • Paul Currie

    So, Veronica Wells, they ‘literally blew your mind’ did they? In that case you should be dead. I would have thought a journalist would understand the meaning of the word literally.

  • Tolu

    you forgot Neil Patrick Harris!

  • Lois

    You forgot Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford.

  • Suzy

    I think most women have thought of being with a girl at one point in their life, and never acted on it, while others did.

  • Suzy

    Too bad she never mentioned to Tom Green that she was bi-sexual… He filed for divorce, I believe less than 3 years of marriage..

  • Mark Mills

    guess youre going to out nell posthumously

  • supreme0417

    I think it’s hilarious that anyone finds this “shocking.” I was drama class for two weeks in High School, as an elective, and noted I was the only straight dude in there. So LGBT thespians don’t shock me because I figured that was the way the ball bounces in the acting world .

  • Greg

    LIBEL?? Try Liable ffs!!!

  • Mickey

    Don’t care who or what grown people sleep with, just wanted to comment on the author writing that some of the surprises on this list “literally” blew their mind. I’m pretty sure that is untrue. As a journalist, I’m sure you have access to a dictionary, USE IT and stop contributing to the dumbing down of our people!!!

  • Oke Uche

    There nothing strange about a bisexual playing a straight role. Since they swing that way anyways.

  • Anthony Bascom

    well i understand why Raven Simone is Gay look who she grew up around as role models. Nell Carter on hanging with Mr.Cooper and Queen Latifah so of course she would become gay latter on in life following them.

    • Lost Soul

      When was Raven Symone around Queen Latifah?

  • joe_public1

    There are so many of them in this sector…. being “straight” is a rarified quality !!

  • michaelmobius1

    to understand female sexuality one has to get to grips with the fact that straight women are often more enthusiastic about lesbianism than lesbians are themselves. That’s why a list like this can be compiled by a straight woman, but would be far less likely to be done by a straight man. Lesbianism serves an economic purpose for straight women

    • E.a. Solinas

      Spoken like a straight man. Our misogynistic society rewards bisexuality in women with “hawt” and punishes men who aren’t straight as the proverbial arrow. That is the reason.

      Otherwise, why would many civilizations like ancient Greece have had INSTITUTIONALIZED bisexuality for men?

      • michaelmobius1

        the ancient greeks practised pederasty more obviously than they practised homosexuality (in the sense of modern identity politics) & amongst the factors that permitted this, may have been the low status that women held, that made them insufficient ‘soul-mates’ for lovers, but adequate providers of a womb. So, I’ll grant your point that homosexuality often has a political aspect, just as it does now. But you haven’t addressed my point: namely, why it is that straight women are so enthusiastic about women coming out as lesbians. It requires explanation. Or alternatively careful misdirection such as in the substance of your reply

  • terry

    Juno is “Superbad” for girls? what the? That is entirely two different movies

  • Iloni

    The premise of this article is so utterly ridiculous, I want to scream. ‘Who Tend to Play Straight Roles’????? (1) Where are the thousands of gay roles available that they turned down? Gay characters are still tremendously rare (2) even if there were more gay characters to play, why would gay actors necessarily pigeonhole themselves in this way? As far as i can see, the only reason for a gay actor to get excited about a gay role is, again, because they are rare, and for many, the chance to show we’re HERE is important – but if they weren’t rare, then gay actors would just…act.

  • Bettye Neely

    She said exactly what it is all about. A woman wants another woman to do to her what a man seems to not be able to do. You get it. It is strange but it is learned tool sad to me. oh well no need to comment. It is my opinion.

  • Mira E

    I’m sad to not see the jazz great Billie Holiday on here, she was very bisexual

  • Alan Duval

    It’s Frasier, not Fraiser, for feck’s sake.

  • Gabriel Chase

    I don’t know anyone who likes ‘Fraiser’.

    I do love the programme Frasier though.

  • Robyn Hode

    My garbage journalism detector immediately detected the falseness behind Veronica Wells’ story.

  • WHat, no rap performers or basketballers? Guess they’re all straight then. Just like Tom Cruise is six foot tall.

  • Michelle Cantin

    You forgot Neil Patrick Harris from “How I met your mother”

  • Bill Nedra Bill

    Being a Homosexual, Heterosexual ir Bisexual does not mean you are engaging in sex; one’s sexual orientation speaks to sex/gender the person is romantically attracted to; but as we know many gay and heterosexuals do not engage in sex; and they are not asexual either; some people just commit to other activities.

  • isaid

    My guess is these gay celebs tend to play straight roles because there are fewer gay roles than straight ones (or the sexual orientation of the character is not revealed). But good try making up an article out of nothing.

  • k

    What about Jasika Nicole? From fringe….who is also in the image with Guillermo Diaz….

    • gerihewitt

      Is Astrid Farnsworth a straight role?

  • thenextgenius

    This is so sad on so many levels, and also shows the dejection towards the norm with many of these individuals. I actually had a phase myself and had to reel myself back in to where I realized I was just losing it, and just settling for what was close, and not REAL. Get well soon!

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    I’m trying to understand why so many people are getting so up and arms about this article like it was homophobic or gay bashing or something? It was just a friggin article like everything else on this site. If you didn’t want to read it then don’t click. I swear you mention one thing about gheys and people come for the throat. Get over yourselves. Authors, good job on the article. I was surprised at some of the celebs listed and it caught my attention

    • gerihewitt

      The article is rather more biphobic than homophobic. And for some of us biphobia is every bit as offensive as homophobia.

      • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

        Please explain to me what biphobic about it?

        • gerihewitt

          I wrote a reply to you and the moderator appears to have deleted it. That really sucks.

          I’ll try reposting my reply in a few days time.

        • gerihewitt

          “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by MadameNoire”

          Oh, for pity’s sake..

          Well. I tried

  • WeaselClubber

    Bid deal. Sheeesh!!

  • Jason Melling

    Nobody cares.

  • gerihewitt

    Aren’t most bisexuals perfectly capable of playing straight or gay in real life?

    I mean most bisexual people aren’t out. Not even in Hollywood.

    • AIPChristina

      Yeah, bisexual means you are attracted to both sexes so someone who is bisexual playing a character who is with someone of the opposite sex isn’t a challenge.

      • gerihewitt

        To be perfectly frank this whole article is completely ridiculous as the majority of the celebs listed are/were bisexual not gay, and several are also singers who don’t really have anything equating to an acting career. Lady Gaga has dabbled in acting, but has she ever played straight? Ever played a role that couldn’t be bisexual like her?

        Which raises another issue.Many acting roles really don’t require the character to have a stated specific sexual orientation.

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  • Machone

    Just like brothers who have black females as love interests in their movie roles but only date other races in real life…..

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      For example, Taye Diggs =)P

      • LPDMike

        You have to admit the man has great taste though.

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  • Val

    I’m wondering what the point of this post was? Most roles in Hollywood are for str8 characters so of course ghay actors play str8 if they want to work on a regular basis.

    • gerihewitt

      The author is obviously struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality. That’s why she’s conflating bisexuality with homosexuality and mixing up obviously bisexual celebs (including some who are married to members of the opposite sex) with clearly gay and probably gay celebs.

      Basically, it’s a mess.

      • E.a. Solinas

        Why can’t you include bisexual people who are married to OS partners? That doesn’t mean they’re not bisexual.

  • sNaPz

    What about NPH, Michelle Rodriguez, guy from prison break, ellen & porsha, etc. (There are so many more)

    • Dee

      YEEESSS dude from prison break!!

    • Lloyd Franklin

      Ellen is a weird one because in an interview she said gay men shouldn’t be allowed to get married because it’s disgusting. She’s married to a woman, from her attitude I’m guessing she’s a feminist and hates men.

  • Guestest

    I love Raven and I loved loved loved her show That’s so Raven. I used to watch it all the time as a youngin. I was so shocked when i found out her sexual orientation. I still love her though,, she can do no wrong in my eyes.! Fan for life!

    • cece

      Right! I loved “That’s so Raven”. The girl is funny, and she’s always been a friend of mine (in my own head of course). 🙂

      • Guestest

        She is funny haha

    • gerihewitt

      But Raven hasn’t actually said what her sexual orientation is.

      • Guestest

        When the gay marriage law passed she put on twitter that she was happy that she could get married now… ….

        • gerihewitt

          I know. But that doesn’t really tell you if she’s gay or bisexual.

          • Guestest


            • Lost Soul

              She still says that she has not come out.

              • Guestest

                What she said on twitter is enough to know that she’s not completely straight..

                • OB

                  Maybe she’s like Charlize Theron who said she wouldn’t get married until ‘everyone’ could get married.

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  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Nell Carter & Aaron Samuels are ghey??? Oh and y’all forgot Wentworth Miller (prison break)

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      That hurt my feelings when I heard Prison Break was ghey. He is sooooo fiiiine!

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

        I’m still in my feelings over it cuz my dad has been binge watching it in Netflix… I look at him & shake my head…

        • Xzamilio

          Aw… honey, if it makes you feel better, you probably didn’t have a shot with him anyway.. so technically, nothing’s changed.

    • gerihewitt

      No, Nell Carter was bisexual. And Jonathan Bennett may well be as well.

  • Steve Stone

    Made me click all the way, just so I could read about Mel B

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      Ok? That’s who I was waiting to read about because I could have sworn she had a reality show with her husband lol

      • Harmony

        She did and has children!

  • Sandradee

    You also forgot Portia Rossi

  • Sandradee

    No one is born homosexual. Its a choice

    • Kwehrheim

      I think you’re confusing homosexuality with ignorance. Speaking of which, why is it that people like you choose to be so ignorant?

    • Say What?

      Does that mean that being heterosexual is a choice?

    • Guest

      So you yourself can choose to be sexually attracted to Women and “turn off” being sexually attracted to Men tomorrow the you ignoramus?

      A sexual orientation is like a pair of socks or a TV channel?

    • Guest

      So you yourself can choose to be sexually attracted to Women and “turn off” being sexually attracted to Men tomorrow then?

      A sexual orientation is like a pair of socks or a TV channel?

    • sNaPz

      Just plain ignorant. You should be ashamed of your self. You’ll learn one day. Smh (Narrow minded people)

    • fair/fair

      You don’t know that. There are instances when young boys and girls born with low levels of testosterone and estrogens it is the adults who abuse the use of hormone replacement trying to change what they are. Society plays a large role in this. Plain and simple no man in a dress will be in nor any woman who wears pants. You can come but be ready to get clean like everyone. Next lgb, cause trans is not up for discussion

    • gerihewitt

      If you say no one is born homosexual ,it’s a choice, isn’t that tantamount to saying everyone is born bisexual?

    • nik

      So is stupidity, apparently.

    • St Martyr

      Yeah a real fun choice of irrational judgement from you, no rights in the eyes of the law, abuse at school, disgust from the general public, lose of work, getting stoned to death….WHAT A CHOICE!! I think I will turn gay today, thanks Sandradee you brainiac-hope you apply for that Doctorate in biology you will swim through with your sharp analytic and objective opinions!!!!!!

      • Fraulien Miller

        Just the way God intended it to be. Its an abomination and should be treated as such. Just be happy most people don’t have the guts to do what he said to do to them.

    • tmd

      No one is born stupid either. But here you are.

      • Naa

        wow, #shade lol

    • gerihewitt

      Are you trying to tell us that you’re bisexual Sandra?

      I mean if everybody was born bisexual then being straight or gay would be a choice.

    • Lloyd Franklin

      So when exactly did you choose to be straight?

    • Oddeye

      No one is born with the notion of sexual attraction or sexual identity. Homophobia and ignorance is a choice.

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    • juicyco

      how can you forget him!? he plays a womanizer in almost everything lol

    • kaila p

      I was expecting to see him

      • ImmaHuman

        I know me too!

  • stickyflower

    Darlene’s on screen boyfriend in the hit TV show ‘Roseanne’ Johnny Galecki name was David.

    • Phara’s Chile

      He is also gay I believe…..

      • Kaila P

        No he’s not

  • Allycat

    Moms Mabley

  • Soymilk Reid

    Cynthia Nixon was not married to Danny Mozes. They only had a long time relationship.

    • gerihewitt

      And lived together and had two children. That’s called a common law marriage.

    • E.a. Solinas

      Did they count as common-law?

  • kiki j

    You ladies have a weird obsession with the LGBT community

    • vwells1

      Ha! That’s the first we’ve heard that one.

      • kiki j

        I’ve read three articles today about the lgbt community on this site. (Though I liked the one about gay prom queen). I’m not judging, I’ve been clicking. But damn….

        • Neco84

          Lol! I hear ya! But can’t lie. It’s refreshing to see them not only focus on straight women on here. After all, not all black women are straight.

          • kiki j

            I can get with list like this as long as it isn’t homophobic(ish) or offensive. But I was like dang is Pride coming up or something? Lol it’s a lot for one day. But you’re very right I guess I’m not the only one this site 🙂

            • Say What?

              Actually I think next month is LGBT month if I’m not mistaken.

              • South_Side_Shay

                June isn’t “officially LGBT month”. But it is when most major cities have their gay pride parades.

                • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

                  I wanna go to the one in Chicago this year…

                  • Imani

                    I’m contemplating going to the one up in NYC, it is ALWAYS fun for everyone!!

                    • Fraulien Miller

                      Take along some snacks and a camera. Better than a day at the zoo.

            • Bettye Neely

              I dont agree with “Cussing” does that make me “Cussingphobic?”

      • Lost Soul

        Raven Symone stated that she did not come out.

  • Chelsea M

    Yall forgot Michelle Rodriguez lol

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    • Imani

      Word! C’ain’t nobody can tell me she’s not AT LEAST Curious lol :p!

    • Mario Prince-Charming

      But most of her characters are gay or questionable… Only a few were actually straight.

    • gerihewitt

      Yes that’s just what this idiotic list needs, yet another bisexual.

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