Alex Blaze

Jane Lynch on audience acceptance of gay actors

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 12, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

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"This is a business of projection and desiring people from afar. And watching people go through trials and tribulations, so there has got to be some truth to it, in terms of, 'I could see myself with that person.' Because the leading man and lady are the person we want them to fall in love with, and most of the audience is straight. So for right now, we can only use straight actors.

Look, I've never -- as far as I know, it's been behind my back if it has -- I've never been turned down for a role because I'm gay. I'm a character actor, and that's probably why. I don't find Hollywood, in my own experience, to be homophobic. Have I ever been turned down? I don't know because you never know when you don't get something or why you didn't get it. But I do think the straight folks will continue to play the straight roles."

--Jane Lynch


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But the disconnect is that straight actors continue to also play gay roles rather than gay actors (even those who have come out and don't mind being "labeled" as gay). And then the straight actor shows up to the press junkets with his girlfriend in tow, to prove that he is really a straight actor.