8 Openly-Gay Actors Who Portray Straight Characters on TV
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:
Jonathan Groff — Glee
In the role of Jesse St. James, this Frozen star actually ended up getting criticized by Newsweek for his performance as a straight male! He broke out of his comfort zone in one of his first major television roles (since he was mostly known for Broadway beforehand). But the magazine questioned his work in saying, "there's something about his performance that feels off." Making them even wonder if his character was originally supposed to be gay!
Jonathan's response? "I just ignored it," he told ET. He even later on clarified his thoughts even further in saying, "somebody's personal sexuality has nothing to do with their ability to play or not play a role." YASSS, Jonathan!