Ryan Phillippe Says He's Proud To Have Played A Gay Teen On TV
We all know that Ryan Phillippe continues to look smoking hot...
But did you know he's an incredible ally, too?
Reflecting on his time playing a gay teenager on the ABC soap opera, One Life To Live, the 42-year-old actor told TooFab:
"There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point.
"It was before Will & Grace, before Ellen (DeGenres) came out, it’s before any of that stuff."
Ryan's portrayal of a gay teen on a daytime soap made an incredible impact at a time when LGBT media representation was lacking.
"I remember the fan mail that we would get, my mother and I would get, from gay teenagers or from parents of gay teenagers who found a way in to relate to or talk to their child through the show.
"Entertainment media can do those things, it can make people think differently or see a different side of something and I do remember and appreciating that — even back then when I was only a teenager myself.
"But in terms of like the larger view, I didn’t have a full understanding of how important it I’m proud to have done it, I’m proud that that’s something I can say was a part of my career."
H/T: Gay Star News