Harry Potter Star: Gay Actors Should Not "Sacrifice Their Careers" By Coming Out
Hot on the heels of Wentworth Miller's announcement, Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs advises other gay actors to stay closeted so they don't "sacrifice their careers ... to make a political statement."
“I have a lot of gay friends who don’t come out,” he tells Mandrake at the gala screening of the film Any Day Now. “If you are a romantic lead, there is a perception—I don’t know if it is true or not—that you will no longer be cast as straight people.
“Even when casting gay roles, there is a tendency to cast straight people, so they are lauded for their transformation. It’s ridiculous.
“The notion that a gay actor can’t seem like they are in love with a woman on screen is so patently absurd I can’t believe it still exists.”
The actor, who plays the private detective Jackson Brodie in the popular BBC series Case Histories, adds: “It is not for me to push my gay friends to come out. I certainly don’t think that anyone should sacrifice their careers, if that’s what they think it would be, to make a political statement. But my friends who have done that feel immensely relieved and walk taller in their shoes. I would never judge anyone.”