Ryan Phillippe is proud of having played a gay boy when nobody else did


Ryan Phillippe was just a teenager himself back in the early 1990s when he played gay teenager Billy Douglas on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live when it was rather hard to see LGBT characters on TV.It was the actor’s first acting gig and one that 25 years later he’s proud to have on his resume.Billy was the first gay teen on a daytime soap in the US, before Ellen and before Will and Grace, before people were able to understand the meaning of being gay. ‘I remember the fan mail that we would get, my mother and I would get, from gay teenagers or from parents of gay teenagers who found a way in to relate to or talk to their child through the show,’ Phillippe says. ‘Entertainment media can do those things, it can make people think differently or see a different side of something and I do remember and appreciating that — even back then when I was only a teenager myself. But in terms of like the larger view, I didn’t have a full understanding of how important it I’m proud to have done it, I’m proud that that’s something I can say was a part of my career.’


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