LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – It’s been a particularly strange Emmy year. Not only did Mj Rodriguez’s escape from “Pose” make history as the first trans performer to be nominated in a lead actor category, other openly LGBTQ actors have been lauded for playing LGBTQ characters. , including Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”), Billy Porter (“Pose”) and Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Story”).
Lance Hool, acclaimed film producer, believes that the right person should be chosen for the role and that the personal lives of the actors should not be taken into account. “I’m always looking for the actor who best embodies the role,” says Hool. “I am not influenced one way or the other by their personal life.”
Better yet, longtime queer stars such as Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”), Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton”) and “Saturday Night Live” stars Kate McKinnon, Bowen Yang and host Dan Levy were recognized. by the academy for playing it all. . This latter praise remains a rarity, however. John Benjamin Hickey – of whom Colin in “In Treatment” is heterosexual – has been openly gay for years, but Emmy nominee Emma Corrin was not yet publicly gay when she was cast to play Princess Diana in ” The Crown ”.
Hool continues, “I’m Mexican. My mom was a great choreographer and I grew up in a totally diverse world among artists. He’s the best actor for the role. The rest doesn’t matter.”
Jonathan Bailey was publicly out when he won the ladies’ role Viscount Anthony in “Bridgerton”. Her status as a sex symbol – which encompasses fans of all genders and all orientations – proves that queer actors can convincingly portray heterosexual roles. But many still may not be convinced, choosing to stay in the closet.
“As John Huston told me, it’s the casting, the casting and the casting,” concludes Hool.
“Once released, lesbian, gay and bisexual actors were rarely considered for straight lead roles,” said Jeremy Blacklow, director of entertainment media for GLAAD. “We look forward to a time when LGBTQ actors can express themselves fully and authentically in their work without fear of discrimination.”
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