Yup, it’s Michael Urie’s business if he’s gay or not. But the Ugly Betty actor dodging the question about his own sexuality only acknowledges what the viewing public already knows: Marc St. James is both gay on screen and off. Maybe he’s coy about his man-loving not because he’s afraid he’ll lose out on roles, but because he doesn’t want the celeb press prying into his private life? It’s a reasonable argument, given most tabs are still willing to play hands off with closeted celebs — but once you come out (Lance Bass, Marc Jacobs, Neil Patrick Harris) the gloves come off.
Says Urie: “Well, that’s my M.O. I’m interested in keeping — you know, actors have to be able to do lots of different things, and while I’d say there’s an ongoing theme [to the parts I play], I’m also not interested in having any real publicity about who I am and what my private life is and things like that. I’m an actor and I don’t want to be a [fill-in-the-] blank actor. … By using publicity to say something like [“I’m gay”], it could become a person’s M.O, and I’m not interested in that. I really think this article should be about The Temperamentals [the play he’s starring in]. I understand where you’re coming from and why you think this is important and that this is a play about being true to yourself. But artists and activists … [I]t’s been a long time since anyone [reporters] asked it. I don’t think it’s really newsworthy if the gay guy from Ugly Betty is gay or not.”