17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

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With Ellen Page being the latest movie star to come out, it seems fitting that we make a list to show that some of your favorite “straight” actors are not actually all that straight. Some of some of these actors might be a surprise to you because their characters are known for being as straight as an arrow. We have to admit that we were even shocked with a couple of them! I guess that is why they are called actors.

1. Jim Parsons, ‘Garden State’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

There were rumors that have been swirling for years that Jim Parsons was gay but it was not confirmed until 2012 when it was officially reported by The New York Times. Surprise! He has even been in a long-term relationship for the past 10 years! Granted he never plays a jock womanizer type (can you imagine Sheldon Cooper as a playboy?) but in the film “Garden State” he played the boyfriend of Zac Braff’s character’s mother.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

2. Cynthia Nixon, ‘Sex and the City’

Miranda Hobbes was a man eater. Don’t get me wrong- she was never a Samantha but she still managed to keep her onscreen hubby Steve very happy. Eventually Cynthia Nixon came out as bisexual after a public split from her husband for many years. She is now married to a woman named Christine Marinoni and they have one child together.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

3. Matt Bomer, ‘White Collar’ and ‘Magic Mike’

Gay men cheered and single women cried for weeks when they discovered that Matt Bomer was gay. This sexy star of the television series “White Collar” and the movie “Magic Mike” has three sons with his partner Simon Halls.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

4. Sara Gilbert, ‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

When Sara Gilbert came out in 2010, I think it is fair to say that it was not a big surprise for a lot of people. She grew up on screen playing Darlene on the television series “Roseanne”, and has never played a gay character. In reality she has two children with her ex-partner Allison Adler and is now dating the musician Linda Perry.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

5. Jonathan Groff, ‘Glee’

He was so smooth weaseling his way into Rachel Berry’s life on the television series “Glee”! In reality he knew Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) for many years before when they were in the Broadway sensation “Spring Awakening” together! He describes himself as “gay and proud” in an interview with Broadway.com.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

6. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster has been in the limelight since the 1970’s with her breakout film “Taxi Driver”. She has played so many straight women characters, that it is hard to count them all! Apparently it was no secret in Hollywood but she officially came out in 2013 in a very strange speech at the Golden Globes.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

7. Lily Tomlin, ‘Nashville’ and ‘Admission’

For many years the LGBT community has been proud of their legendary comedy actress Lily Tomlin. She officially game out in 2001 even though it was never a big secret or something that she hid. She has played many straight characters throughout her career, some in big budget films like “Nashville”, “Admission” and “Big Business”. She met Jane Wagner in 1971 and the pair have been together ever since.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

8. Victor Garber

Remember the television series “Alias” with Jennifer Garner? Well, the guy who played her father is gay in real life. Victor Garber spoke about his partner, Rainer Andreesen, publically in 2012 but like most of the celebrities on this list, it was never a big secret. Known for playing great strong straight men, his big roles were in movies like “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Legally Blonde” and “The First Wives Club”.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

10. Jonathan Bennett

This sexy actor is best known for his role as heartthrob Aaron Samuel in the iconic teen film “Mean Girls”. Sorry to say ladies but this guy just is not that interested in you. He is openly gay and has had a rumoured relationship with actor Matt Dallas.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

11. Ian McKellan

When you are watching “X-Men”, one of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or one of “The Hobbit” films, the last thing on your mind should be actor Ian McKellan’s sexual orientation. While he was never really in the closet, he came out on an episode of the talk show “Anderson”.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

13. Nathan Lane

If you didn’t know that this Broadway A-Lister is gay, then you just need to see the hilarious movie “The Bird Cage”. He is just too convincing in that movie for you to see him as anything but very talented and very gay. If you are still questioning it, he has spoken at length about coming out on an episode of the talk show “Ellen” and said the following:  “I’m 40, single and work a lot in the musical theater. You do the math.” You can see him on “The Good Wife” on Sundays.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

14. Zachary Quinto

This talented actor has blown up in the past few years. He got his big break in the television series “Heroes” and has since been in blockbusters like “Star Trek”. While he played a very straight Spock, he is in fact gay and came out in October 2011 after the media blitz over the tragic suicide of teen Jamey Rodemeyer, saying “that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

16. Alan Cumming

Another actor on the hit television show “The Good Wife” (if you aren’t watching it, you should be)! Alan refuses to be pigeon holed into a set sexuality! He might play a straight man on “The Good Wife” but he has been married twice: to Hilary Lyon and is currently married to graphic artist Grant Shaffer. They split their time between New York and Los Angeles with their two dogs, Honey and Leon.

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

17. George Takei

Officially come out in 2005, George Takei has been a very strong supporter of same-sex marriage for over a decade. He married partner of EIGHTEEN years Brad Altman in 2008. George Takei is famous for his role on hit television series “Star Trek” and his recent roles on reality television shows like Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”.   What do you think of the list? Have we forgotten some of your favorites? Leave us messages below!

17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters


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