Rupert Everett says gay actors treated as ‘second-class citizens’ in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rupert Everett opened up that he has lost out on big roles because of his sexuality, in a Press Association interview.

“There’s tons of roles that I haven’t got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor or doing a lousy audition — all that counts,” Everett, who is openly gay says.“But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that I was absolutely blocked from, when the director and the other actors wanted me to be in the film, by a studio, just for the fact of being gay.”

Everett went on to call the film industry “aggressively heterosexual” that treats gay actors as “second-class citizens.”

“That does absolutely happen. But at the same time it has been the making of me as well,” he continued. “The struggle that has forced me to have has been great, in a way. I think my career as a writer would not have happened if I had been heterosexual, active, working non-stop.”

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