When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles - Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting…
One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.” …I figured I was perfect for it.
They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.” The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.
However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?(via racebending)
It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street - some of them in tears - and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.
BGT #28 with Danielle Henderson, creator of Feminist Ryan Gosling
One of our favorite people, Danielle Henderson is back to talk to us about the insanity of this season’s Scandal as well as part 1 of the RHOA Reunion, plus we get into what went down on Mad Men and Game of Thrones this week and answer a listener question about the BGT origin story.
Please help thirdlight7 out with their research project into racism in the British education system. Here’s a little more about their research and how you can help:
I’m currently doing a research project about the racism Black children face within the British education system. Primarily looking for students/children/teens from ages 9 and upward and parents, to fill out a questionnaire. If you could please share it on your tumblr. or pass along to siblings, cousins, friends, etc. that would be great.
Thank you! Much appreciated