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

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Turns out we're the same age. I crushed on him bad on OLTL. I missed the resolution to the whole Billy Douglas and the priest storyline because I went off to college. I bet I still have some of those episodes i taped on VHS somewhere. 

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