Most gay characters in movies and TV shows are portrayed by straight actors. This can be unfortunate if you happen to be queer and seek out queer characters only to find their counterpart is straight in reality.
At the end of the day TV and movies are all acting, and being able to convincingly portray a lovey-dovey relationship or a character as different from you as possible is a part of a job well done.
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So it's understandable that straight characters and gay characters are portrayed by actors who may not identify the same way sexually
Here is a short list of the most well-known and lower key actors portraying queer characters. Some may come as a shock while others are easily forseeable.
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Although only a small role on Glee, his character Dustin Goolsby had a temptation for Holly Holiday.
Drew Barrymore's character on The Santa Clarita Diet is happily married to a man. Drew Barrymore may be a lesser-known queer actress, but she does identify as bisexual despite being married to a man.
David Burtka portrays Lily's obsessive ex-boyfriend Scooter. Ironically, he's Neil Patrick Harris' real-life husband.
Johnathan Bennett sometimes is more well known as the love interest of Cady Heron on the popular movie Mean Girls. It was only recently that he was accidentally outed as gay by a costar.
Lady Gaga's character in A Star Is Born is in a heterosexual relationship with Bradly Cooper. Her brand is blurring the lines between normalcy, or at least what is considered normal in society, so her bisexuality is not something that might come as a shock to most people. She stands up for bisexual visibility.
Matt Dallas was the star of the TV show Kyle XY where he was romantically involved with only women, Jessi and Amanda. Later to find out Matt is completely gay and married with children.