Rupert Everett reveals why gay actors are “second class citizens” in Hollywood

"I was absolutely blocked from by a studio, just for the fact of being gay."

Rupert Everett has opened up on homophobia within the film industry, claiming that gay people are treated like “second class citizens”.

The 59-year-old star of ‘The Happy Prince’ claimed that he had encountered situations where his sexuality was used against him as he attempted to bag a leading role.

“There’s tons of roles that I haven’t got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor or doing a lousy audition, all that counts”, Everett told the Press Association.

“But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that the director and the other actors wanted me to be in and that I was absolutely blocked from by a studio, just for the fact of being gay.

“That does absolutely happen. But at the same time it has been the making of me as well.

Everett’s comments come ahead of the ‘Happy Prince’ hitting cinemas this Friday.
The film is also directed by Everett and sees him star as Oscar Wilde, following his life after he was released from prison for being homosexual in 1897.