Several actors would still hide their sexuality to be able to work in Hollywood, according to Kate Winslet.
The British actress told the “Sunday TimesThat she knew at least four actors who would fear losing their careers if they had to come out of the closet.
“I can’t tell you how many young actors I know, some very well-known, others just beginners, who are terrified that their sexuality will come out in the open. They are afraid it might prevent them from playing straight roles, ”she explained.
“I swear! A well-known actor has just picked up an American manager and the latter said to him: “I know that you are bisexual. We will not talk about it”. I think of at least four actors who completely hide their sexuality. It is so sad. Because they are afraid that it will be known. “
According to Kate Winslet, this segregation would affect men “more than any other”.
“It is not good news. Hollywood needs to stop with its old beliefs of ‘can he play straight even if he’s gay?’ ”She added.
“It should be illegal. It’s so widespread in the community, I can’t believe it. It’s not just limited to having a gay actor playing gay roles. Actors, sometimes, choose not to come out of the closet for personal reasons, and that’s nobody’s business. Sometimes it’s about privacy. Sometimes it’s just shame. ”
The actress therefore calls for fewer judgments, discrimination and homophobia in Hollywood.