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Michael C. Hall explains why he is drawn to gay roles

Michael C. Hall explains why he is drawn to gay roles

Before he played his most famous role of a serial killer on TV’s Dexter, Michael C. Hall spent several years playing a gay funeral director on the series Six Feet Under.

The actor, currently starring on Broadway as a transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, admits that he has been drawn to queer characters.

‘I think I gravitate toward characters who are defined by some sense of conflict or secret keeping,’ Hall tells Huffington Post.

‘I think in the case of David Fisher [on Six Feet Under], it was about the character’s inherent conflict — something that made him inherently dramatic. In case of Hedwig, it was the chance to front a rock band and sing awesome rock-and-roll music.

‘There is something about people, for one reason or the other, who are marginalized by their circumstance that is compelling to me. That has manifested itself into me playing a few, or more than a few, characters who are gay.’

Hall took over the role of Hedwig in October from Andrew Rannells who had replaced Neil Patrick Harris.

He will be with the show until January when he will be replaced by the role’s originator John Cameron Mitchell.

He has come to enjoy the physical transformation required before a performance.

‘I wake up in the morning and see myself in the mirror and go, "Oh, God, look at that tired, old face." Then I come here, lie down in the makeup chair, sit up and say, "There I am!" I’m definitely on board with that experience.’