London: Actress Kate Winslet has said she knows many gay actors in Hollywood who are scared of coming out as they fear it will prevent them from getting straight roles.
The ‘Titanic’ actress said it is a dated notion that gay actors can’t play straight characters and should be criminalised.
“I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know some well known, some starting out who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles. Now that’s f***ed up,” she told The Sunday Times.
Kate currently stars in HBO’s mini series ‘Mare of Easttown’ where she plays the role of a small town detective.
The Oscar-winning actor, who earned critical-acclaim for playing a lesbian character in period drama ‘Ammonite’, said she knows a well-known actor who just got a new agent, and that agent told the client, I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn’t publicize that.
“I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality. It’s painful because they fear being found out. And that’s what they say, I don’t want to be found out,” she said.