Kate Winslet claims she knows gay Hollywood actors who fear coming out in case they lose career
Kate Winslet has said she knows actors who ‘fear’ coming out and do not reveal their sexuality because they think it may harm their careers.
The 45-year-old actress claimed she knows ‘at least four actors’ who have not revealed their sexuality publicly.
Kate added that some fear that being gay may stop them from getting cast as straight characters.
‘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 shared.
‘A well-known actor has just got an American agent and the agent said, “I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn’t publicise that”.’ Kate continued to The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine:
‘I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality.’
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite (2020) Kate starred alongside Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite (Picture: Rex)
She added it is ‘painful’ for them because they ‘fear being found out’.
Last year, Kate starred in the lesbian historical drama Ammonite, a real-life story set in the 1840s and stars Kate as pioneering paleontologist Mary Anning, who embarks on a romance with Charlotte Murchison (Saorise Ronan), a wealthy woman with ill health.
Sharing her experience of filming the same-sex love scenes, Kate told The Hollywood Reporter last August: ‘It’s definitely not like eating a sandwich. Saoirse and I choreographed the scene ourselves.’
She added: ‘I felt the proudest I’ve ever felt doing a love scene on Ammonite. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.’
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