Universal Pictures' latest rom-com Bros broke new ground when it featured an all-LGBTQ+ principle cast of actors. (And yes, some of those queer actors even played straight characters in the movie!) But while a cast of all gay actors playing straight roles is new, out actors playing straight isn’t.
Many of the best acting roles from some of our favorite LGBTQ+ actors are when they’ve been playing straight roles. Several have even been nominated for — and won! — Emmys, Tonys, and Oscars for playing straight.
On the heels of Bros, lets take a look at some of the most successful and recent examples of out, gay and queer actors playing straight.
Fabrega and fellow queer comedian Julio Torres created Los Espookys along with Fred Armisen, and while Torres plays a gay character in the show, Fabrega plays one of the few straight characters. Tati is Úrsula's sister who is constantly getting new strange jobs and acting as Los Espooky’s test dummy. She dated a man she met online in the first season, and then married the heir to a cookie empire.
Platt started playing the title character in the Dear Evan Hansen musical back in 2016 and continued the role when he starred in the movie version of it last year. He’s been out to friends and family since the age of 13 and publicly came out in 2019. He won a Tony and Grammy for his role in the Broadway play, but the movie version was less enthusiastically received.
While many viewers assumed that Evan Hansen was gay, the character is definitely not.
In Bros, Rodriguez, who is perhaps best known for being the culture expert on the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series, plays Jason, the straight brother of Luke Macfarlane’s Aaron. When Jason is going through a divorce (from his wife), he stays with Aaron, and the two give each other relationship advice.
Lynch has played several long-lasting straight characters on TV including cheer coach Sue Sylvester in Glee, and more recently, successful comedian Sophie Lennon in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Lennon is a rival to Maisel and while she is a snobbish socialite, she performs stand up in a fat suit to portray a frumpy housewife.
Evans has been out since the early 2000s, and that hasn’t stopped him from having a very successful career playing straight characters in movies like Aramis in The Three Musketeers, villain Owen Shaw in the Fast and Furious franchise, Bard in The Hobbit, Dracula in Dracula Untold, and the famously so-straight-it's-almost-parody Gaston in the live action Beauty and the Beast.
Harris made his career playing straight characters like Doogie Howser, the child prodigy doctor on his self-titled show and of course Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. But as he started playing those roles before he came out, we’re going to focus on his obsessive simp character Desi Collings in Gone Girl.