In an interview with UK LGBT glossy
Attitude, out actor Matt Bomer said that coming out gay “cost”
him opportunities in Hollywood.
Bomer, 42, is currently promoting his
latest project, Netflix's upcoming gay drama The Boys in the Band.
Ryan Murphy's adaptation of Mart
Crowley's play of the same name arrives on Netflix on September 30.
releases first trailer for gay drama Boys
in the Band.)
Bomer said that filming Boys in the
Band was a “freeing experience” because of its all-gay cast.
“It was such a freeing experience to
get to tell a story with an entirely gay ensemble and creative team,”
“There are often times on set where I
am the only openly gay person there, and I’ve learnt how to manage
that and do the work – but it was so nice to have this collective
experience together and a shared sense of who we are, and who we want
to be, and an understanding of each other.”
"I think that really informed the
work,” he added.
Bomer, who is best known for playing
con-artist Neal Caffrey in USA Network's White Collar and Ken
in Magic Mike and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, came out
in 2012. He is raising three children with husband Simon Halls.
“There are definitely more
opportunities for gay actors than ever before – but there’s still
a price to pay for being out,” Bomer
"We’re living in a day and age
where there are actors and athletes and public figures who are openly
gay and have been unafraid to acknowledge that. But without a
question, there’s a trade-off, in my experience."
"I came out at a time when it was
very risky to do so – I had a studio film that was about to
premiere, and a television series coming out. But to me it was more
important to be my most authentic self, both for my family, and for
"I wasn’t trying to be a role
model, nor am I now, but I thought if it could help just one person,
then it would be worth it. But to say that didn’t cost me certain
things in my career would be a lie. It did. To me that trade-off was
worth it. But it hasn't been some fairy tale – no pun intended,”