Kate Winslet said she personally knows several gay actors in Hollywood who are terrified of coming out publicly for fear that it will prevent them from being cast in straight roles. Winslet recently earned notices for playing a lesbian character in the romance “Ammonite” opposite Saoirse Ronan, even though neither actor identifies as LGBTQ.
“I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles,” the Academy Award-winning actress told The Sunday Times. “Now that’s f***ed up.”
Winslet is back in the spotlight for her upcoming HBO miniseries “Mare of Easttown,” playing an embattled detective in a small Pennsylvania town. She also said she knows a “well-known” actor who just got a new agent, and that agent told the client, “I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn’t publicize that.”