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Ryan Phillippe is “proud” to have played the first gay teen on American TV screens

It was back in the day when starred in a daytime soap opera.

Hollywood hunk, Ryan Phillippe, told Too Fab in an interview that he was “proud” to have played a gay teen when he was younger.

Phillippe made his acting debut as Billy Douglas on daytime soap opera One Life to Live, from 1992 to 1993, and he was the first gay teen on American screens.

In the interview, Phillippe was asked whether he realised how “groundbreaking” the role was back then, and he responded by saying that he did now, and also added that “it was before Will & Grace, before Ellen (DeGeneres) came out, it’s before any of that stuff.”

He also stated that he remembered the fan mail that he and his mother used to receive from both gay teenagers and their parents who had “found a way in to relate to or talk to their child through the show.”

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“Entertainment media can do those things, it can make people think differently or see a different side of something and I do remember and appreciating that — even back then when I was only a teenager myself,” he added.

He then finished by saying: “But in terms of like the larger view, I didn’t have a full understanding of how important it I’m proud to have done it, I’m proud that that’s something I can say was a part of my career.”

The interview by Too Fab was done both to promote Pride month, and Ryan’s latest film, Wish Upon, the trailer of which can be viewed here:

Words Matt Moore

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