In a new interview with Vanity Fair,
out actor Luke Macfarlane says he was told he could not take on
superhero roles because of his sexuality.
Macfarlane, 42, is currently promoting
his latest project, the gay rom-com Bros. Billy Eichner wrote,
directed, and stars in the film. Bros opens next month
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Speaking with Vanity Fair,
Macfarlane said that he decided to come out in 2008 as his character
on the ABC drama Brothers and Sisters entered
a same-sex marriage.
through press junkets on shows where I'd never mentioned I was gay –
not that I was lying, it was nobody's business – I was like, I've
got to say something,” he said, referring to the increasing support
for marriage equality as California approved Proposition 8.
Canadian actor came out in an interview with The Globe and
Mail, Canada's second most
widely read newspaper.
“I don't know
what will happen professionally,” he told the paper at the time.
“That is the fear, but I guess I can't really be concerned about
what will happen because it's my truth.”
Brothers & Sisters
ended in 2011, Macfarlane sought superhero roles.
can literally remember an agent once saying to me, 'Superman can't be
gay' – like just straight out,” Macfarlane told Vanity
has worked steadily – he's appeared in more than a dozen Hallmark
movies – he said that he felt frustrated by the roles he was
offered, suggesting his coming out hurt his career.
do remember being frustrated, seeing other actors and straight guys
my age – and I never want to make it about that, but – thinking,
Why are they getting [the parts]? Why am I not getting them?” he
said. “The post–Brothers & Sisters
moment was scary, for sure. I was like, ‘Dude, I’m the perfect
age for this stuff.’ And it wasn’t clicking, for whatever
landed his first studio movie leading role.
knew there was never really a place for me, or I never thought there
said. “I hope that there might be some places for me now.”