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“Harry Potter” Star Explains Why Many Gay Actors Remain In The Closet

Jason IsaacsI have a lot of gay friends who don’t come out. If you are a romantic lead, there is a perception – I don’t know if it is true or not – that you will no longer be cast as straight people. Even when casting gay roles, there is a tendency to cast straight people, so they are lauded for their transformation. It’s ridiculous. The notion that a gay actor can’t seem like they are in love with a woman on screen is so patently absurd I can’t believe it still exists. It is not for me to push my gay friends to come out. I certainly don’t think that anyone should sacrifice their careers, if that’s what they think it would be, to make a political statement. But my friends who have done that feel immensely relieved and walk taller in their shoes. I would never judge anyone.”

 

—  Actor Jason Isaacs, best-known as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, telling The Telegraph why some actors aren’t ready to sacrifice their careers to be open about their sexual orientation