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Luke Evans says coming out hasn’t damaged his career

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 JackalEvans 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.”

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13 Comments

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    Always looks like he needs a good exfoliation and possibly flea bath

  • Charlie in Charge

    I love that one of the big action heroes is one of ours. Loved him in the Immortals and The Hobbit. I do hope he gets another turn as Dracula – I think he did the best he could in a movie that was sometimes lost in a haze of CGI bats.

  • charlie_jackpot

    Did the interviewer ask about his sexuality or ask if he was gay? As far as I can recall he came out as a new actor, then he (or his press team) was definitely in the closet again when he became successful(ish)

    Has Frank Ocean actually said, ‘Yes, I’m bisexual’ or is the story still he had a mancrush growing up?

    I like that they are being public, but less coy would be good for representation

    • Donston

      Frank Ocean has been in a relationship with a dude for several years. He’s never flat-out stated his orientation though. Have no idea where the bi thing comes from (wishful thinking or assumption because he’s not fem?).

      When Luke first came out he spoke about being happy to be an openly gay new actor. Now, even while acknowledging his sexuality he is coy and uncomfortable.

      The “loudest” male representation mostly comes from heteros who want to jump on the bandwagon and narcissistic megalomaniacs who use their sexual behavior and/or “identity” to engage their need to feel powerful, unique and wanted or to hide their ego-dystonia. The non-stereotypical, self-accepting homos and homo-living guys mostly seem to keep a low profile for unfortunately obvious reasons. It is what it is.

  • Donston

    It’s funny how it’s “I like to keep my private life private” when it comes to homo public figures. Yet, most famous heteros (or closet cases “dating” outside their orientation) get filmed everywhere with their significant others, including the red carpet. There’s still often a level of shame, fear and self-consciousness even if they don’t acknowledge it. The whole “… who I am in my personal life” is kinda annoying as well. Sweetie, if you’re gay you’re gay everywhere, not just in your “personal life”. It’s not a switch on and off button. So many still equate sexual orientation to behavior and self-image, and not an inherent and ingrained part of your id, which is why so many look to manipulate it.

    At least he seems laid-back but also comfortable with himself, instead of another self-obsessed megalomaniacs that we’re supposed to “look up to”. Also, handsome guy.

    • trell

      Donston, im a bit confused here. On the one hand you’re decrying the ‘I want to keep my professional life separate from my personal life’, statement, and on the other, you’re commending him for being relaxed with himself.

      I’m not going to disagree with the fact that we are gay 24-7, but we do not inject aspects of our sexuality into every minute aspect of our lives 24-7, especially in areas where sexuality should be a non-issue, such as work. Personally, I think you should cut the guy some slack!

      He’s not switching the gay button on and off, nor is he equating his orientation to any behaviour. On the other hand, neither is he using his sexuality to bring him notoriety or using it as a means to further his career in the public eye. If anything, the way I perceive it, is that he is making his own quiet but powerful message as an openly gay actor, effectively saying ‘My sexuality is not, and should not be an issue to anyone, other than my partner.’

      If I misinterpreted your post, I will apologise. I’m not here to troll (never have been, never will) but I do enjoy a good mature debate :)

    • jamih

      You are just not happy with anyone who’s out and some kind of public figure, are you? And who are these self obsessed megalomaniacs “we” are supposed to look up to.

  • broadshoulder

    I used to see Mr Evans in London. Particulary at the White Swan. Very pleasant approachable chap.

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    • Derek de Koff

      I couldn’t have put it better myself.

  • epikleros

    everytime i see luke evans, i wish i were a man!!

  • Sluggo2007

    What’s the big deal here? He’s very common.

  • Hu7w

    Now he is gay again? But Didn’t he have a girlfriend?

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