Daniel Franzese says he ‘wasn’t allowed straight roles’ after Mean Girls
Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese has opened up about his struggles after starring in the movie and how it left him hitting “the gay glass ceiling” of Hollywood. Franzese, who played gay character Damian Leigh in the classic teen movie, told LGBT online publication Them he wasn’t allowed to audition for straight roles after the film. “I had become famous for playing one thing, but Hollywood, a very What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately town, just didn’t think my talent could go beyond that,” he said. “As soon as the movie was over, I kept meeting the gay glass ceiling. They wouldn’t let me audition for straight roles,” Franzese said. “I stayed unemployed for many years after Mean Girls because I refused to go backwards on the movement,” the 40-year-old star added. Daniel Franzese turned down gay roles because they were stereotypical The actor said he turned down many film roles playing gay men because of the way they were being portrayed. “Damian wasn’t made fun of; he was celebrated. I prayed about it a bit and if I was going to do a gay role, it was going to be this one,” he explained, “but then, immediately after, I was offered all these other
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