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Acting is not easy, it takes a very talented and skilled actor to pull off a convincing role. In fact, many of our favorite gay characters are actually played by straight actors. They are so convincing that you’ll actually be shocked to discover who is straight! Check out our list of talented straight actors who play gay roles.
For those of you who have watched Jane the Virgin, you would know Bridget Regan better as Rose Solano. In the series, she plays stepmother to Luisa and Rafael Solano. The reason you would assume she is gay is because she also plays a lesbian having a love affair with Luisa Solano. Off screen she has a daughter with her husband Eamon O’Sullivan.
One of the most popular series on television today is The Flash. It follows the life of Barry Allen as The Flash and the crime fighting action his team accomplish. Every character helps with the development of the show. At the Central City Police Department, you’ll see actor Patrick Sabongui playing the role of captain David Singh. In the show his character plays a gay man with a fiancé named Rob. In real life, he’s been married to his wife Kyra Zagorsky since 2002. Together they have two kids.
You may recognize Viola Davis as the university law professor Annalise Keating, in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder. Her character has love interests in both genders, but in second season she gives off a very convincing performance with her ex lover. Both women are so believable, it’s hard to believe they aren’t gay in real life. In reality, Viola Davis has three children with her husband Julius Tennon who she has been married to for over 12 years.
Some of the best TV shows right now are coming out of the Marvel universe. This includes Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Juan Pablo Raba appears in thirds season as an inhuman named Joey Guitierrez. His character in the show is gay, however in real life he is married to Mónica Fonseca.
The popular drama series Masters of Sex takes place in the 50s and 60s telling the story of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The two were conducting research on human sexuality. If you are already familiar with the series then you will know Annaleigh Ashford as Betty Dimello, a gay character. She may be convincing, but she is actually married to a Joe Tapper.
One of the most popular Netflix Original series is Orange is the New Black. The show is about a women’s prison and tells the stories of the different inmates. The show revolves around it’s main character, Piper Chapman and the adjustment she is making to surviving in prison. Her first day there she runs into her ex lover played by actress Laura Prepon. Four seasons released now, it’s hard to believe that Prepon is actually straight in reality.
This drama series, The Fosters, focuses on the lives of a lesbian couple raising their multi-ethnic blend of biological, foster, and adopted kids. The convincing performance of Sherri Saum who plays the role of Lena Adam-Foster, makes it hard to believe she is married to Kamar de Los Reyes. They have two kids together.
Another superhero show, this time created by DC Comics. Arrow is a show about billionaire playboy Oliver Queen/Arrow. He hides behind a mask and has the best aim with a bow and arrow. He fights crime to save his hometown from corruption. Katrina Law has been a recurring character since season two. She plays Sara Lance’s lover. Even though her character does evolve throughout the series people still assume she is gay. Believe it or not, she is actually married to Keith Andreen.
One of the most popular political TV thrillers of all time is Scandal. Based on what happens behind the scenes of President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III elections and the scandals throughout his presidency. Jeff Perry’s character, Cyrus Beene, is a former Whitehouse Chief of Staff, gay, and willing to do anything to protect the president. Its really hard to believe he is actually married to Linda Lowy when his role as a gay man is so convincing.
If you watch Downton Abbey, you will recognize Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow, the butler. The series is set in the early 1900s and includes major historical events. Rob’s character, a gay man, tries to blackmail his ex lover, the Duke of Crowborough. Because of his character, many people assume Rob is gay when in fact he is actually straight.
The best horror drama series is The Walking Dead. It’s about people living and surviving a zombie apocalypse. Amongst the many interesting characters in the show is the first gat character Tara Chambler, played by Alanna Masterson. You’ll be surprised to know that she is actually straight and has a child with her boyfriend Brick Stowell.
One of the best sitcoms on tv is the popular series, Modern Family. It is known as a mockumentary because the characters talk directly to the camera throughout each episode. The role of Cameron Tucker, a gay man, is played by Eric Stonestreet. He is so convincing as a gay man that we were very surprised to learn he is actually straight. His co-star, who is actually gay, refers to Stonestreet as openly straight.