Words: Steve Brown
Michael C Hall has said he is “not all the way heterosexual”.
The actor – who is best known for playing serial killer Dexter in the hit show of the same name – has portrayed a number of LGBT characters in both TV and theatre including playing a gay character in an interracial relationship in Six Feet Under.
And now, the actor has opened up about his own sexuality and, although saying he identifies as heterosexual, he said he is on the spectrum.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, he said: “I think there’s spectrum. I am on it.
“I’m heterosexual. But if there was a percentage, I would say I was not all the heterosexual. I think playing Emcee [in Cabaret] required me to fling a bunch of doors wide open because that character I imagine as pansexual.
“Yeah, like I made out with Michael Stuhlbarg every night doing that show. I think I have always leaned into any fluidity in terms of my sexuality.”
The actor also opened up about how the lack of his father growing up, left him “craving an emotional intimacy with a man”.
He continued: “I don’t mean to suggest that an emotional relationship between a father and son is any way homoerotic.
“I mean an emotional intimacy or connection that at least in the milieu I grew up in was considered fey.
“I had an appetite to have emotional connections with men beyond beer, sports and fist pumping that were considered ‘gay’.”
He also weighed into the discussion about straight actors playing gay characters and he said he believes there are “more and more” roles for LGBT actors.
“I hope we get to the place where it’s just not at the forefront of our consideration or focus, and that when we think of actors we think of human beings working in service of whatever human experience they are called upon to simulate, so there are not just gay and trans actors playing gay and trans people but being able to play everyone,” he added.
“It’s about characters and it’s also about stories. [I hope] we get beyond it, but we are obviously not there.”