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Jonny Bailey: 'Brilliant to See Gay Men Play their Own Experience'

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday January 9, 2021

Jonny Bailey thinks gay actors playing roles that mirror their experience would be "brilliant," Digital Spy reports.

The British actor who has starred in "Broadchurch" and "Leonardo" spoke with Digital Spy in advance of his new Netflix drama, "Bridgerton," which premieres on Christmas Day. Bailey addressed Hollywood's double standard in casting, saying "I think it shouldn't matter at all what character people play, but of course there is a narrative that's very clear, that openly gay men aren't playing straight in leading roles.

"And also, there's a reason why gay characters are so interesting. Because much like the women in Bridgerton, there are a lot of hurdles and there's a lot of self-growth, and there's a real strength to gay men."

Bailey adds, "So the fact that a lot of straight men have gone on to play iconic gay roles and to be lauded for that is fantastic, that that story is being told.

"But wouldn't it be brilliant to see gay men play their own experience?"

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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