Kate Winslet says gay Hollywood actors fear coming out will destroy their careers by avoiding being cast in straight roles – and reveals she knows at least four who hide sexuality
- Winslet said he knew of “at least four actors” who kept sexuality private
- Actress said gay actors are afraid of coming out, which will prevent them from getting straight roles
- Oscar winner said ‘famous actor’ was told not to ‘disclose’ bisexuality
Gay Hollywood actors keep their sexuality a secret because they fear it will destroy their careers and stop them from being cast in straight roles, claims Kate Winslet.
The Oscar-winning actress said she was aware of “ at least four actors ” who did not disclose their sexuality because they were “ terrified ” that it would “ get in the way. ”
Winslet, 45, shared The times’ Culture Magazine: “I can’t tell you how many young actors I know – some famous, some novice – who are terrified that their sexuality will be revealed and that it will get in the way of them getting cast in straight roles.”
The Titanic actress also talked about a ‘famous actor’ who was told by their US agent not to ‘reveal’ they were bisexual.
Kate Winslet (pictured in Ammonite with Saoirse Ronan) said she was aware of ‘at least four actors’ who did not disclose their sexuality
Winslet said the film industry harbored “judgment, discrimination and homophobia” and said the secrecy was “painful” for the actors who fear their careers would be jeopardized if they come out.
The Titanic actress also talked about a ‘famous actor’ who was told by their US agent not to ‘reveal’ they were bisexual
The comments come because both the BAFTAs and the Oscars have failed to nominate anyone openly gay or bisexual in the main acting categories – the BAFTAs will take place this weekend, the Oscars in three weeks.
Last year, the BAFTAs were the subject of controversy after it was revealed that all of the nominees in the major category were white. Amanda Berry OBE, BAFTA’s Chief Executive, admitted she was ‘very disappointed’ with the lack of diversity following the announcement of the 2020 nomination, with no colored actor being honored.
Jose Arroyo, a professor of film studies at Warwick University, told The Times: “ People don’t sit in the closet because they want to be [but] because they are safer there. Hollywood is commercial, it’s about selling ideas and desires … If an audience sees you with disgust or disdain, that’s clearly an inhibition for the money men. ‘
In her most recent film, Ammonite, directed by Francis Lee, Winslet plays the role of the real-life English paleontologist Mary Anning, who sees her form a secret relationship with Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan.
Winslet revealed that she’s been asked more about the lesbian love scenes in her new movie Ammonite than any of the heterosexual roles she’s taken on.
Winslet told Digital Spy, “I definitely feel some sort of duty to serve Mary Anning. Still. And of course the story.
“The story is so much about her, and her remarkable accomplishments that were unsung, unknown, reappropriated by men, falsely taken from her.”
In February, It’s A Sin writer Russell T Davies urged Hollywood stars to reject gay roles in movies and instead encourage producers to cast an LGBT actor instead.
Ammonite: Mary Anning played by Winslet’s character seen in a lesbian relationship with her fossil-hunting protege (played by Saoirse Ronan). Located on the Dorset coast from the 1840s
The 57-year-old producer said famous gay actors “don’t exist to direct blockbusters” and that straight actors should “step aside” to help them get more opportunities.
All of the gay characters in his Channel 4 drama, which chronicles the life and death of a group of friends in the 1980s AIDS epidemic, are played by LGBT actors.
But Swansea-born Davies, who is gay, admitted that his home was “ built of heterosexual people playing gay parties ” and said any change must start at “ ground level. ”
It comes after Davies caused a lot of discussion after claiming that only gay actors should be allowed to play gay characters in film and TV to ensure an authentic image.