Colton Haynes Hollywood
Colton Haynes Hollywood

Colton Haynes: ‘Hollywood Is So F*cked Up’ When It Comes to Out Actors

In a series of recent tweets, openly gay actor Colton Haynes wrote, “Hollywood is so fucked up. So much of the focus is on your personal life and has nothing to do with the talent you have to bring to the table. Thank god for Ryan Murphy, Greg Berlanti and Jeff Davis. They believe gay actors are more than just their personal lives. So disappointed in how Hollywood can’t understand that playing a character has nothing to do with how you live your personal life.”

How Murphy, Berlanti and Davis helped Colton Haynes escape the closet

Murphy, Berlanti and Davis are all openly gay TV creators who have cast Haynes in different roles. Haynes will play Detective Samuels in the upcoming season of American Horror Story (a show created by Murphy). Haynes also played Roy Harper on The CW’s Arrow (the superhero series produced by Berlanti) and played Jackson Whittemore in MTV’s Teen Wolf (the supernatural teen series created by Davis).

Anyone who has paid attention to Haynes’ in-and-out-of-the-closet career understands a little of what he’s getting at. He kissed his then-boyfriend in a photo spread for the March 2006 issue of XY and then was encouraged by his management to help make those photos disappear in 2011 when he starred in MTV’s Teen Wolf. He then remained publicly closeted until he came out via Instagram and an Entertainment Weekly interview in 2016.

Haynes blames his initial managers for keeping him closeted. In a 2016 profile with Out, Haynes said his first manager “dropped him for being gay and then advised him to post an ad on rentboy.com to earn extra money.” He was later told that he would never act in Hollywood again if he lived as an openly gay man.

Other actors agree with Colton Haynes about Hollywood

Colton’s peers agree with his perceptions about Hollywood’s homophobia. A 2014 survey revealed that 53% of LGBTQ actors in Hollywood believe that directors and producers are biased against LGBTQ performers. A third of respondents had witnessed “disrespectful treatment” against LGBTQ performers on set, and 12% witnessed discrimination against LGBTQ performers, including queerphobic comments.

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