Luke Evans has opened up about his experiences as a gay actor in Hollywood.
Evans, who currently stars in the live-action Beauty and The Beast remake, came out at 22 in The Advocate, but he’s successfully managed to keep his private life out of the public eye despite his high profile.
Talking to The Jackal, Evans says he doesn’t think his sexuality should have any effect on his leading man status in Hollywood:
“I don’t think about it. I don’t feel they’re connected. Talent, success, what you do in your personal life – I don’t see how one should have an effect on the other. I don’t think I’d be in this business if I felt that I was not being employed because of who I am in my personal life.”
As for why he keeps his private life quite so private, he says it has to do with the people around him; that he wants them to feel “protected.”
“As an actor you have to keep some sort of enigma and mystery. There’s a dignity to keeping private. I’m trying to keep a bit of dignity to my private life and to protect the people in my life. Like my family. They don’t do press.
“They don’t do interviews. I don’t get photographed with them. Although everyone knows they’re my mum and dad in the Valleys. It’s the choice I’ve made.”