Watch: 'High School Musical' Star Says He 'Doesn't Know' If He'd Play Gay Character Today

Monday July 6, 2020

Actor Lucas Grabeel
Actor Lucas Grabeel  (Source:Instagram / @mrgrabeel)

Last week, the out director of the "High School Musical" film series answered fans' speculation and confirmed that the character Ryan is supposed to be gay. Now the actor who played him, Lucas Grabeel, says he's not sure he'd take on the role if the movie was made today.

Speaking with TMZ, Grabeel said he's unsure he'd play Ryan because it would be taking away a part for a gay actor.

"There's so many amazingly talented gay actors that could do it as well, so if 'High School Musical' was made today, I don't know if I would play Ryan," he said. "I would love to, but the last thing I want to do is take an opportunity away from other people."

"As a straight white man, I know that even without trying I have taken opportunities away from other people," he added.

Grabeel also talked about "High School" director Kenny Ortega about Ryan's sexuality, saying that he didn't think Disney was "ready" for an openly gay character.

"I came up to Kenny one day and was like, 'Hey, so can we talk about the character for a second? Ryan's gay, right?'" he told TMZ. "He was like, 'Well, I mean, it's a touchy subject sometimes with children's programming — I'm not sure if Disney is ready now for that kind of thing. I absolutely agree that he is and I think we have an opportunity here to showcase a real person.'"

He also said in the interview: "We need to start educating everyone at the youngest age possible and that's why it will fall into the hands of Disney who create so much great programming for the developing minds of our future country. We in the film industry have a duty to educate as well as entertain."

Check out Grabeel's interview with TMZ below.

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