Gay actors who played straight people on movies or TV are not rare. Since they have been able to come out in the past few years we can now look back at their performances and congratulate them on their acting skills.
Some of the gay actors who played straight people were lucky enough to be out while the shows or movies were out.
Neil Patrick Harris / Barney Stinson
You probably saw this coming but it still surprises some people to know the ladies man from How I Met Your Mother was actually not a ladies man at all. He was out during filming the show, in fact his partner also got a part in the show as Lily’s crazy ex-boyfriend. The couple is now fathers to two beautiful children and Harris’s acting career has skyrocketed since HIMYM.
Jane Lynch / Paula
Glee’s Paula is not only out but she is a Gay Right’s Activist. But that doesn’t stop her from constantly playing straight characters.
Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper
Parsons is not only one of the gay actors who played straight people, he is the man who gave life to one of TV’s most quirky and weird characters. But Sheldon from Big Bang Theory is definitely straight, although we really didn’t know for the first couple of seasons.
Sarah Paulson /Bette Tattler / Dot Tattler / Cordelia Foxx / …
The American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson came out is 2000 and she’s been playing straight characters in the show ever since.
Portia de Rossi / Lindsay Bluth Funke
Ellen Degeneres’s partner Portia de Rossi had a hard time coming out in Hollywood. While she played Lindsay in Arrested Development she was in the closet but luckily she is now out and proud.
Cynthia Nixon / Miranda Hobbes
Another talented actress who waited until the show was finished was Nixon. While filming Sex and the City she played Miranda Hobbes and kept herself in the closet.