Matt Damon Recommends Actors To Not ‘Coming Out’
Speaking to The Guardian, Matt Damon said discussions of sexuality shouldn’t be a public concern. He believes the less open an actor is, the better.
“I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly.”
After Damon and Ben Affleck shot to fame in Good Will Hunting, they became the subject of rumors and were put in the awkward position of denying that they were gay.
“It’s just like any piece of gossip… and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive. I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
Damon, who has been married to wife Luciana since 2005, stated he welcomed same-sex marriages in California, and although attitudes are changing, it’s still a challenge for actors.