10 Gay Actors That Play Straight Roles I’ll bet you’ll be surprised with some of these actors when you find out that their straight character is played by a gay man/woman. It’s not nice to judge but people are always curious to know. You’ll be surprised to find out that these gay actors in real life have only played straight roles. 1. Jodie Foster Without a doubt, one of the most famous celebrities on this list is Jodie Foster who managed to keep her sexuality a secret until just a few years ago. She has been in the movie industry since the 70’s and has always played straight roles.