Billy Porter says he doesn’t “care” whether he plays gay or straight roles

John Novotny for GAY TIMES

The legendary actor says he now only cares about whether the role interests him.

Iconic actor Billy Porter has said he no longer cares about the sexuality of a character he is playing, only whether the role actually interests him. He made the comments to the PA media agency during the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles.

However, he did express regret at the fact that while straight actors often land LGBTQ roles, this isn’t always the case for LGBTQ actors.

“I don’t care. I’m looking for good roles,” he explained. “I’m looking for the best roles.”

“It’s not about gay or straight. If it happens to be straight that’s amazing. I don’t care. I want the good stuff.”

Porter also expressed hope that things were changing in the entertainment agency, saying: “We’re seeing the change now,” he said. “Look at me, I am the change. For 30 years I have made it my life’s work to be this person standing right before you.

“You can no longer say, ‘there’s nobody famous enough who is gay to play this gay part’. You can’t say that anymore.”

Since 2018, the Tony Award-winning performer has portrayed Pray Tell, Pose’s resident emcee in the Ball scene, a member of the Masters of Ceremony Council and a father figure to the children of ballroom – especially Blanca and Angel.

Last month, speaking ahead of the third season of what he’d like to see for his character, he explained: “I would love to see Pray Tell in a relationship that works.

“I would love to see [my character] crack open a conversation with the black community and the church. We’ll see. Hopefully the Posegods are listening. I just am grateful that I’ve lived long enough to see this day.”

Related: Watch Billy Porter’s star-studded lip sync video for Love Yourself



Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies aged 84

Drag Race UK stars performing live at fundraiser to save The Clapham Grand

C’mon Zoom! Michelle Visage spills the T on lockdown and her new BBC series

8 terrifying themes we want to see on spin-off series American Horror Stories

myGWork launches WorkPride, a virtual conference to strengthen LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion

This new podcast series will celebrate diverse voices in our community during Pride Month

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are Chromatica weather girls in hilarious new video

Bi Pride UK will return this year for a virtual extravaganza

Press enter to search