There've been some rumors swirling about Marvel possibly casting an openly gay actor to play Hercules, the studio's (rumored to be) first openly gay superhero, in the upcoming Eternals film. I'll admit that's A BIG rumor, but assuming that they're true (it IS 2019, after all), here are 15 talented folks we'd love to see take on the historic role.
1.In 1994, Wilson Cruz earned the role of Enrique "Rickie" Vasquez on My So-Called Life, making him the first openly gay actor to portray an openly gay character in a leading role in an American TV series. Fast forward to 2019, where he's portraying one-half of the first openly gay couple in the Star Trek franchise.
2.Ryan Jamaal Swain's acting debut as the bright-eyed Damon on Pose made him one of 2018's breakout stars. Why? Well, I dare you to not happy-cry while watching that iconic scene where his character modern dances for his life to Whitney Houston.
3.Speaking of breakout stars on Pose, Dyllón Burnside gives a knockout performance in his role as Ricky, a cocky yet vulnerable young man trying to find himself in New York City. Can you tell that I'm counting down the days 'til this glorious show returns???
4.If you're having issues breathing, it's cuz Tony- and Grammy-winning actor and singer Billy Porter absolutely refuses to remove his foot from our necks. Personally speaking, I haven't stopped gagging since the Pose and Kinky Boots actor shut down the Academy Awards in this gown-tux.
5.Stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Jaboukie Young-White makes telling complex jokes about race, sexuality, and adulting look easy, which is a big fricking deal considering he's only 24.
6.After spending a decade in theater, Vincent Rodriguez III broke major ground back in 2015 when he became the first openly gay Filipino man to play a straight romantic lead (Josh Chan) on a television network show (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).
7.Huck in Scandal? Scarface in Half Baked? Guillermo in Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go" music video? You know you're a seriously dope actor like Guillermo Díaz when your fans have a hard time picking their fave character. (But let's be real, Huck >>>> everything.)
8.Actor, comedian, and writer Alec Mapa has brought so much joy to TV viewers for the past 30-plus years on shows like Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. But even if he decided to stop performing today, his Instagram account alone would give me all the love and happiness I need. Exhibit A: those pants!
9.Look up "actor" in the dictionary, and you oughta see a photo of BD Wong. Not only did he receive basically every theater award — including a Tony — for his inimitable portrayal of Song Liling in M. Butterfly, but he also went on to make a major name for himself on both the big and small screen.
10.When Clark Moore auditioned for the role of Ethan, an openly gay high schooler in the 2018 teen rom-com Love, Simon, he assumed the gig would go to a white actor as per history. Thankfully, he landed the job and helped moviegoers like himself feel seen!
11.And Clark's Love, Simon costar Keiynan Lonsdale actually decided to come out publicly via social media during the making of the film. "I felt like the characters were progressing more than I was," he told ET. Yet another inspirational actor proving the true power of storytelling!
12.Not many international pop stars can manage the tricky transition from music to acting, but Ricky Martin crushed it with his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Antonio D'Amico in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Can you say king of crossovers and topless selfies???
13.Star Trek icon George Takei has mos def been prospering throughout his remarkable career in TV, film, and theater. The living legend has also been a longtime avocate for LGBTQ rights, human rights, and US–Japanese relations, among other causes. Oh yeah, AND he's the funniest man on Facebook.
14.A young Rex Lee was training to be a professional pianist in college, but one fateful theater class changed all that. The actor has since left his mark on Hollywood by portraying unforgettable gay TV characters like Lloyd Lee and Elliot Park.
15.And last but never least is Nico Santos, who became everyone's favorite cousin after his star turn as Oliver T'sien in Crazy Rich Asians.
OK, gotta run! But please feel free to add more actors in the comment section.
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