“Many gay actors who work in Hollywood hide their sexual inclinations in fear that it could ruin their careers.“Admitted actress Kate Winslet in a recent interview. The British star told the Sunday cultural magazine The Sunday Times what do you know at least four actors who do not want to reveal their sexuality given the possibility that they are not hired to play heterosexual characters.
Winslet criticized what he considers an environment of “discrimination and homophobia” in the film industry and added that the LGBT community needs a movement similar to #MeToo, which came to light a few years ago in the United States when sexual harassment against actresses.
“I can’t say how many young actors I know, some well known and some just starting out, who are terrified that their sexuality will be revealed.”added the 45-year-old actress. “A well-known actor just got an American agent and the agent said, ‘I understand you’re bisexual. I would not make it public. I can think of at least four actors who absolutely hide their sexuality. It is painful. Because they fear that they will be discovered. And that’s what they say. ‘I don’t want to be discovered.’
“Despite the pressures for more diversity in the film awards, which are dominated by white actors and directors, little is debated about the representation of gay and bisexual personalities,” said the Oscar winner for “The Reader.”
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in “Ammonite”
Winslet addressed this situation in the wake of her most recent film, “Ammonite,” directed by Francis Lee, where she plays the role of English paleontologist Mary Anning, who has a secret relationship with Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan.
Speaking to the media, the actress revealed that she has been asked more about the lesbian love scenes in his new movie than any heterosexual role he may have taken on.
The British interpreter also pointed out that the stigma applies in particular to men. “Hollywood has to put aside that old-fashioned ‘can he play straight because, apparently, he’s gay?’ Shit”, he claimed.
“That should be almost illegal,” he said. “You wouldn’t believe how widespread it is. And it can’t be summed up in the question about gay actors playing gay roles. Because actors, in some cases, choose not to come out of the closet for personal reasons. And it’s nobody’s business. Maybe privacy. Maybe conditioning and shame. “
As for what is necessary to effect change in the industry, Winslet said, more voices will be needed. “People are afraid because we live in a world where political correctness dictates people’s willingness to be frank. We live in a culture of pointing fingers. And I definitely feel that taking responsibility, as I have, for having worked with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, has helped me feel like I am allowed to have a voice again. For several years it was not good for me to speak like that because there would be too many people preparing themselves with their big pointed fingers ”.
“I don’t mean to intimidate or stand up to Hollywood. We’re just talking about young actors who might be considering joining this profession and finding a way to make it more open, ”he said. “So that there is less prejudice, discrimination and homophobia.”