“Titanic” star Kate Winslet has said she knows some very famous actors who hide their sexuality because of Hollywood’s homophobia.
Kate Winslet criticizes Hollywood because of its rampant homophobia, which forces some celebrities to stay in the shadows and lie about their orientation. “I know at least four actors who absolutely hide their sexuality. It’s painful. Because they’re afraid that their secret will be revealed,” the 45-year-old actress said.
Winslet explained that the discrimination works as soon as actors and actresses start their careers. “I can’t tell you the number of young actors I know – some well known, some just starting out – and they fear that their sexuality will be exposed and affect their roles, their careers,” she said. The star also said that some Hollywood agents tell their clients not to “flaunt” their sexuality because it could hurt their future
“This is bad news. Hollywood should abandon this outdated nonsense,” she said, noting that the stigma for men can be more painful than for women “It should be almost illegal. You wouldn’t believe how common it is,” Winslet said.