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Andrew Scott: Only LGBTI actors playing gay roles is ‘dangerous territory’

Andrew Scott: Only LGBTI actors playing gay roles is ‘dangerous territory’

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Openly gay actor Andrew Scott has warned against calls for only LGBTI actors to play gay roles.

The 42-year-old Irish actor is the fresh face for season two of the BBC’s hit-comedy show Fleabag.

Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve) – who also stars as the lead character – Fleabag is a show about a young woman hilariously attempting to navigate life in London.

Scott joined the likes of Olivia Colman for the first episode of season two, where he plays a non-conventional priest.

When asked if it was important to have gay actors cast in straight roles, Scott told the Huffington Post: ‘Absolutely.’

He then added: ‘The most important thing is that you have a real chemistry with the person you’re playing opposite.’

In the first episode of season two, there’s clear chemistry between the Scott and Waller-Bridge.

Waller-Bridge describes Scott’s character as ‘so hot’ at the end of the episode.

Andrew Scott on straight actors playing gay roles

Andrew Scott said audiences go to see actors doing their jobs, which includes straight actors playing gay roles.

He said: ‘I think it’s dangerous territory to go down sometimes to think that we’re only allowed to play our own – not just our own sexuality, but our own nationality or identity – that we’re only allowed to… represent things that are within our experience.

‘That’s not what audiences go to see,’ he said.

‘When you go to see a play you’re thrilled that somebody is pretending to be somebody else, that’s the magic of it. So otherwise it’s just a form of well-shot reality television.

‘I think it’s very important we don’t talk in absolutes when it comes to casting. I think we have to look at every individual situation and make sure everyone gets the chance to play all the different parts,’ he said.

Andrew Scott also recognized the long history of gay actors being overlooked for straight roles.

He said: ‘There hasn’t been a particularly level playing field with regards to who gets to play what.

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