'Will & Grace' star ERIC McCORMACK backs straight actors playing gay roles

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
 – "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack has thrown in support for straight actors playing gay roles in movies.

The actor who stated that taking on roles different from oneself is the whole point of being an actor during an interview on ITV's "Good Morning Britain", famously portrayed gay protagonist Will in the hit NBC sitcom.

McCormack added that movies are all about casting the best person for the role, regardless of their personal identity.

Drawing on his own experience in the industry, he said he didn't become an actor just to play versions of himself, rather, he's always embraced roles where he's portraying someone entirely different from who he is.

He said, "It's part of the gig. And, I've always said, if gay actors weren't allowed to play straight actors, Broadway would be over."

Even though Eric's roles might not directly mirror his own life, that doesn't mean he skimps on the research. When it came to portraying Will, he brought his A-game by drawing on his theater background and the fact that many of his closest friends were gay, channeling their spirit into the role.

Worked out pretty damn well, “Will & Grace” costarring Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally ran for 8 seasons from 1998 to 2006, and added 3 reunion seasons from 2017 to 2020.

Last year, the Paley Center for Media gave a big shoutout to "Will & Grace" for its groundbreaking impact, hailing the show as a trailblazer for breaking barriers and paving the way for greater LGBTQ+ rep in media.

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