Guy Pearce Cast As Sean Hayes’ Boyfriend, Plus 8 Other Straight Actors Who’ve Played Gay Love Interests

Guy Pearce (pictured) is the latest heterosexual actor to go gay-for-pay on the small screen.

The sexy Australian star, who made an indelible impression as the outrageous Felicia in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, has been cast as Sean Hayes’ new boyfriend in the sitcom Sean Saves the World.

TV Line reports Pearce will play a “charming, thrill-seeking adventurer who Sean will do almost anything to impress.”

A thrill-seeker with a taste for adventure? We love the sound of that. We’ll be curious to see how Pearce fares in the role. Shooting is slated for early 2014.

Check out these other Hollywood actors who have played gay love interests on the small screen.

James Wolk

Wolk joined the cast of Mad Men last season, playing gay junior account man Bob Benson. But that’s not the heartthrob’s first foray into gay-for-pay acting. He also played Adam Pally’s love interest in ABC’s Happy Endings.

Darren Criss

Real-life musician Criss joined the cast of Glee as Chris Colfer’s love interest, Blaine Anderson, in 2010. Critics and fans were so excited by the teenage romance that he was soon made a series regular.

Mathew St. Patrick and Michael C. Hall

The two actors received widespread critical acclaim for their groundbreaking portrayal of interracial gay couple David and Keith on HBO’s Six Feet Under in the early 2000s.

Trevor Donovan

All-American actor Donovan played Teddy Montgomery, a gay tennis-playing prep student in the 90210 remake. Not only did Donovan spend much of his time on screen shirtless, but he also shared a rather steamy kiss with another hot straight actor Alan Ritchson, now seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Michael K. Williams

Williams became well-known after playing the role of Omar Little, a gay “Robin Hood” of the Baltimore streets, on the HBO’s The Wire. He was pretty bad ass on the show, but he also had some tender love scenes, most notably a bedroom kiss with boyfriend Dante, played by Ernest Waddell.

Matt Damon and Michael Douglas

The award-winning A-listers paired up as doomed lovers in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra earlier this year. The film was praised by critics and nabbed several Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Douglas.