Jane Lynch: World's not ready for gay actors as romantic leads
January 14th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Jane Lynch: World's not ready for gay actors as romantic leads

There could be another reason Coach Sue planned to marry herself on an earlier episode of "Glee" this season: Openly gay actress Jane Lynch believes the world just isn't ready to see homosexual actors playing a romantic lead.

Most of the world is straight, Lynch tells After Elton, and "what studios want is for people to project their hopes and their dreams for romance onto these people. And I think that’s what stops them from casting gay people… It’s everybody looking at the bottom line."

While actor Rupert Everett claims his career tanked after he came out, 50-year-old Lynch, who wed psychologist Lara Embry last Memorial Day, believes she hasn't lost work because of her sexuality.

"I’ve never been turned down for a role because I’m gay," she says. "I’m a character actor, and that’s probably why. I don’t find Hollywood, in my own experience, to be homophobic. Have I ever been turned down? I don’t know because you never know when you don’t get something or why you didn’t get it. But I do think the straight folks will continue to play the straight roles."

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  1. larry

    When they said the world is not ready for gay lead actors; this proves they are slowly changing the cultures and have an agenda. At least they have nothing to fear in religion. So they'll get a few months of peace before they burn in hell.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mtngrrll

    The main character in the series Torchwood, Captain Jack, is played by a gay man who is also a gay character on the show. The difference between him and Jane Lynch is that the actor playing Capt. Jack is gorgeous, while Jane Lynch is dog ugly.

    January 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marl

    Rock Hudson comes to mind ... he was known in Hollywood but did the roles quite well. I enjoyed him with Doris Day.

    For all you gay-bashers - stop and think "when did *I* get to choose to be straight or gay?"

    Your brain might finally wake up and say "Hey! *I* did NOT get to choose!!!"

    January 16, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Atomic Bomb

    I think all gay people should get a bomb plugged up their a$$es and be blown up. What a disgrace.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tatoe

    You are 100 right Lynn. Plus all of these guys are incredible actors. American hero and coyboy star John Wayne was gay. So What. He still made some fun movies. Ive also heard Tom Selleck from the old magnum pi show is. THESE ARE REALLY GOOD FOLKS. ALL OF THEM ARE THE BEST.

    January 15, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. tatoe

    there are lots of famous gay lead actors. thom cruze and vinnie barbarino. robyn wiliams. bill murrray. eddy murfy. thom hankz. lots more. so what. they are still enjoyable actors and deacent people.

    January 15, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rachel

    ....... and they always will, Janey. ;)

    January 15, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Beautifu Vixen

    @Discoballer..lmao at your comment!

    January 15, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. cheefsfury

    ALSO WASNT WILL AND GRACE ON FOR LIKE A LONG TIME THAT HAD LOTS OF GAY CHARACTERS LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER GRACE WAS A LESBIAN AND ELLEN THEY GAVE THAT GUY A TV SHOW AND HE IS POST OP AND THEN HE GOT A TALK SHOW OH AND ROSIE ODONEEL GOT ONE ALSO

    January 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Discoballer

      You're missing the point entirely. It's not about gay characters, it's about gay ACTORS. Put the beer bottle down and turn your caps lock off, sweetie.

      January 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lynn

    It seems people or Hollywood has issues with gay men playing straight men. But straight men get major props and possibly nominated for an oscar when they play a gay man! It certainly didn't hurt Robin Williams, William Hurt, Sean Penn, James Franco, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenaul, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix, his brother Joaquin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Colin Firth, the list is HUGE!

    It just seems odd, doesn't it?

    January 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. r

    Rupert Everett's career tanked after he got that awful facial plastic surgery!

    January 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sabrina Abenheim

    I'm sorry Jane but have you watch Grays Anatomy? There are two very strong lead lesbian caricatures on that show. :)

    January 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury

      UMMMMM GREYS ANTAMY IS A BAD EXAMPLE REMEMBER THAT ONE UGLY LESBIAN THEY HAD THAT WAS BLONDE AND UGLY SHE WAS IN TAHT ONE MOVIE WITHT HE GUY THAT ATE PPL SILENCE OF THE LAMS WELL SHE GOT KICKED OFF THE SHOW FOR BEING TO LESBIAN

      January 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay

    "Most of the world is straight"
    As they should be...pretty obvious is it not?

    January 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cheefsfury

    ITS ALL AMERICA CUZ THEYRE ARE TONS OF SHOWS WITH GAY LEADS IN ENGLEND

    January 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marky

    Once again, a misleading headline..... However, I like Jane Lynch whatever role she plays. I don't agree that people in general can't accept gay actors in straight roles, though maybe SOME people can't. It's called acting, and if the actor is good, they can play whatever role they are given.

    January 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Oh Yea

    Thay'd make a profit if the filmed you killing yourself – i know based on your comment there would be a nice fan base for that.

    Kill yourself.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

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