Maxwell Caulfield Helped Andrew Rannells Realize He’s Gay

ARActor Maxwell Caulfield’s legacy just keeps getting richer. When the ridiculously handsome British actor starred in the 1982 cult musical Grease 2 as the love interest of Michelle Pfeiffer, he did more that just win her character’s heart by the end of the film. He also ignited a fire in the loins of a multitude of gay males of all ages, including a very young Andrew Rannells.

In a video for the It Gets Better series, Rannells, who stars in HBO’s zeitgeist-y comedy Girls and won a Tony Award nod for his work in Broadway’s clever The Book of Mormon, chats about his how his childhood passion for Caulfield helped him realize he’s gay.

“It was just a very basic childlike attraction to certain people,” Rannells recalls now.

‘The earliest memory I have of that was watching Grease 2 and being strangely drawn to Maxwell Caulfield. It was a realization that came very, very early for me and I would assume was also quickly understood by my parents at that time.”

Preach, brother.

Related: 10 Guys Who Made Us Realize We’re Gay, ’80s Edition

Watch Andrew’s video below and scroll down further to see Maxwell being beautiful and sensitive in Grease 2.

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  • Kyle Richard

    Who doesn’t love Grease 2??

  • Matthew Farris

    Me, too but where’s my Queerty post? If it were possible to turn someone gay, every man who saw ‘Grease 2’ would be.

  • Joe Payer

    Can he help me

  • Chris

    Maxwell Caulfield has aged very nicely since his Grease II days, I might add.

  • heckles202

    Never saw Grease 2 but immediately recognized him from the pilot of 90210 as the older guy Brenda briefly dates until she confesses her real age to him. He was so hot in that!

  • Chris Tan

    I need to help Obama realize that he is gay!

  • jwtraveler

    @Chris Tan: Good luck with that.

  • jwtraveler

    @Queerty: The story doesn’t say he “turned him” gay. It says he helped him “realize” he was gay. There’s a big difference.

  • Will Glitzern

    I’m gay for both of them

  • jag4313

    My two childhood crushes were Maxwell Caulfield from Grease 2 and David Bowie from Labyrinth.

  • ryantbo

    for me it was Christopher Atkins – Blue Lagoon and A Night in Heaven. Not to mention the Playgirl spread

  • Low Country Boy

    Yes, Maxwell Caulfield was definitely in my spank bank as an adolescent.

  • Daggerman

    ….well, most boys at first actually fancy men until society knocks them into thinking they need to procreate, therefore become heterosexual..

  • jwtraveler

    @Daggerman: Is “Daggerman” and alias for Jason smeds?

  • JustSayin

    Didn’t Maxwell Caulfield help us ALL realize we were gay….. LOL

  • Jim Farris

    This is my favorite of Maxwell Caulfield, from the “Red Shoes” book by the late, great Kenn Duncan.

  • Bob LaBlah

    Based on the title I wonder when this kid washed his face in the morning did he look in the mirror? I mean really!

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