Billy Porter of ‘Pose‘ sat down for an insightful conversation with his peers at The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actor’s Roundtable to promote the show and offer insight into the journey that led him into the show’s arms.
Also at the table? Richard Madden, Diego Luna, Stephan James & Hugh Grant.
How he feels about straight men playing gay characters?
Being black and gay and out came with a lot of unemployment. It’s a double layer, the layer of being a person of color in this industry then the layer of being a queen. Nobody can see you as anything else. If “flamboyant” wasn’t in the description of the character, no one would see me, ever, for anything,
It wouldn’t be so enraging if it went the other direction, but it doesn’t. Because straight men playing gay, everybody wants to give them an award.