Scottish actor John Barrowman says
being gay should be an asset for actors.
Speaking to male
gay entertainment website AfterElton.com, the openly gay actor
says as an actor he doesn't see the benefit of hiding in the closet.
“To be honest with you, I don't care
about the industry's attitude because by being truthful about who I
am – and encouraging others to be truthful – this contributes to
change,” the 43-year-old entertainer said.
“Why should I hide who I am when that
should be an asset?” he added.
Barrowman is best known for playing
Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who
and Torchwood. American audiences are getting acquainted with
the handsome star in his recurring role as Patrick Logan, Angie
Bolen's evil ex-boyfriend, on ABC's Sunday dramedy Desperate
When asked to comment on a recent
article by Ramin Setoodeh published in Newsweek that suggested
gay actors cannot convincingly play straight roles, Barrowman struck
“There are a lot of gay men in
Hollywood right now that are playing straight men – not just in
front of the camera but also in their everyday lives,” he said.
“I might be stepping over the line
here, but maybe Ramin Setoodeh didn't like [openly gay] Sean Hayes
and felt like being a bit of a bitch that day. The fact that he
himself is gay and wrote what he did is really detrimental and quite
frankly an asshole thing to do.”