British superstar Kate Winslet has been speaking out about what she describes as Hollywood’s ‘dated crap’ when it comes to LGBTQ actors coming out.
While things have certainly come a long way in the media and in gay Hollywood, it’s no great surprise that some stars are still fear harmful repercussions when openly identifying as LGBTQ+.
While pop stars, for example, can grab headlines and sell some records by discussing aspects of their private lives, actors are more likely to feel that it impinges upon their ability to be believably cast in straight roles. And, let’s face it, that’s still the majority of gigs.
Winslet is currently starring in Ammonite, where she plays palaeontologist Mary Anning who has a very 19th century lesbian ‘relationship’ with Saorise Ronan where lingering looks mean a lot more that a little panty rummaging.
Talking about LGBTQ visibility and representation in The Times, Kate had some eye opening things to say, “I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality. it’s painful. I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know – some well known, some starting out – who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles” she said.
While we are seeing more LGBTQ roles, there are calls for them to only be played by LGBTQ actors, but what does that mean if you are out, can you not play straight roles?
“I’m telling you. A well-known actor has just got an American agent and the agent said, ‘I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn’t publicise that.’ It’s bad news. Hollywood has to drop that dated crap of, ‘Can he play straight because, apparently, he’s gay?’.” Winslet remarked.
The Titanic actress also pointed out that the stigma mainly applies to male actors which stems from the archaic view that a gay man can’t play an action hero etc. Toxic masculinity will have plenty to do with that as well as studio concern that they won’t make enough money. Either way, all power to our Winslet, always the ally.
Ammonite is available now on all your usual streaming platforms. Check local listing for details.