Billy Porter is sure his career would be more successful if he were white and straight

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The Emmy-award winning Pose star Billy Porter has revealed that at the very beginning of his career he felt kind of sidelined because of his skin color and sexuality. At the New Yorker Festival on October 12, the Broadway veteran spoke of his unsuccessful attempts to find his place in the movie industry 30 years ago. Despite signing a deal with A&M Records, he said his pop music career also did not succeed because people saw him and demanded to ‘fix himself’ without even listening to his songs. As for acting, there were three black actors who reached global fame – Eddie Murphy, Danzel Washington and James Earl Jones. Porter realized he was incomparable to any of them, so he did not understand what his place was. He finally got his big break in 2011, playing the character of Belize in the revival of Angels in America. This was followed by his Tony Award-winning run as Lola in Kinky Boots in 2013. “But the calling in my life is where I am now,” he said, referring to his iconic role as Pray Tell, the ball MC and a male lead in FX’s groundbreaking drama Pose.

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