10 Celebrities Who Have Played Gay Characters
Ricky Martin will be playing Antonio D'Amico, romantic partner of the late Italian designer Gianni Versace, in the series American Crime Story: Versace, which is set to air in 2018.
This role marks Martin's return to acting. As a performer, he also has a residency at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Martin, who is engaged to artist Jwan Yosef, is an advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramírez will bring to life designer Gianni Versace in the series American Crime Story: Versace. Although the series hasn't been released, his interpretation is already getting positive buzz.
Charlize Theron stunned with her role as Aileen in the movie Monster, which earned her the Oscar for Best Actress in 2004.
Salma Hayek played Mexican painter Frida Khalo in the film Frida, which included a scene where she kisses actress Ashley Judd.
Javier Bardem plays a gay doctor in the 1999 Spanish-language film Segunda Piel (Second Skin). A year later, his portrayal of Cuban painter Reinaldo Arenas in the movie Antes Que Anochezca (Before Night Falls) earned him international recognition.
Tom Hanks won an Oscar for Best Actor for the role of a gay lawyer who fights for his rights in the film Philadelphia (1993).
Eric Stonestreet plays the role of Cameron Tucker, a popular gay character in the series Modern Family (ABC).
Jared Leto won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2014 for playing Rayon, a young transgender, in the movie Dallas Buyer Club (2013).
Cate Blanchett, who played Carol Aird, a lesbian woman in the film Carol (2015), garnered excellent reviews and even an Oscar nomination.
Sean Penn, producer, actor and film director, played gay politician and rights activist Harvey Milk in the movie Milk (2008). He went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor in 2009.