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Acting is all about adopting an imagined mindset and matching the external behaviors of the character portrayed. Even today, certain recesses of society has marked homosexuality as taboo, forcing gay actors to conform to public’s norm. However, nowadays, many gay actors are open about their sexuality and only pretend to be straight when the camera is rolling on a straight character.
1. Neil Patrick Harris
The swagger, style and general coolness of Barney Stinson, character in CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother lines up perfectly with actor Neil Patrick Harris’s overall public persona. But, while Barney is an unashamed pick-up artist and womanizer, Harris is in a committed relationship with actor David Burtka.
2. Jodie Foster
Saying she’s fought for privacy since being a child star as a young prostitute in Taxi Driver, Foster finally acknowledged her former life partner, Sydney Bernard in her speech at the 2013 Gordon Globes.
3. Ian McKellen
While Gandalf transcends sexuality as a wise wizard, Mckellan has been openly gay for years, and publicly mentioned it on the talk show Anderson.
4. Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon portrayed Miranda Hobbes in famed Sex and the City, in which four female friends search New York City for sex, men, and happiness.
In real life, Nixon’s search for love ended up including a member of the same sex, since coming out as bisexual. Nixon, now married to Christine Marinoni, explained, “I’ve been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman.”
5. Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin plays the wife and one half of the philosophical duo with Dustin Hoffman, among many other heterosexual appearances.
In real life, Tomlin has been with Jane Wagner since 1971.