8 Openly-Gay Actors Who Portray Straight Characters on TV

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Between Nick Jonas‘ role on Kingdom and Darren Criss‘ breakout stint on Glee, there’s been a lot of talk about straight actors portraying gay characters. But what about the opposite way around?

When watching your favorite television stars, it can be easy to forget that the man and woman falling in love on the screen in front of us might not be the norm for the actors who are actually playing the characters. Just as different as it is for a straight actor to play a gay character, the same holds true when things are flipped the other way around. From How I Met Your Mother‘s super-player, Barney Stinson, to The Big Bang Theory‘s newly sexual Sheldon Cooper, here are the openly-gay television actors who really broke out of their comfort zones for their famous TV roles: