Dexter star Michael C Hall has opened up about his fluid sexuality, explaining that he’s “not all the way heterosexual”.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Michael reflected on his role as a gay character in an interracial relationship in Six Feet Under, saying that he knew the character of David Fisher “was unique in the landscape of gay characters up to that point, and he was an integral part of the show”.
“He wasn’t incidentally gay or comic relief or that kind of thing. He was fully fleshed out and at the eye of the storm,” he added.
The actor then continued to discuss his own same-sex experiences and how the characters he has played have challenged him to think differently.
“I think there’s a spectrum. I am on it,” he said. “I’m heterosexual. But if there was a percentage, I would say I was not all the way heterosexual. I think playing the Emcee [in Cabaret] required me to fling a bunch of doors wide open because that character I imagined as pansexual.
“Yeah, like I made out with Michael Stuhlbarg every night doing that show,” he added. “I think I have always leaned into any fluidity in terms of my sexuality.”
Michael also added that while he’s never had an intimate relationship with a man, he thinks that the death of his father when Michael was 11 has left him “craving an emotional intimacy with a man”.
“I don’t mean to suggest that an emotional relationship between a father and son is any way homoerotic,” he added.
“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 added that he was attracted to John Cameron Mitchell when he saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but continued: “But no, as a rule I am heterosexual.”
Also in the interview, Michael C Hall shared that he “certainly understand[s] anyone who takes issue” with straight actors playing gay characters, and shared that he believes there are “more and more” roles for gay and trans 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.”
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