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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 15:33 IST

Schitt's Creek actor Dan Levy says homophobia has led to him missing out on 'wonderful, rich' roles

Dan Levy noted there has been a "marked lack of variety" in the scripts he was sent after Schitt's Creek ended.

Reported by: Republic Entertainment Desk
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Dan Levy, best known for his role in Schitt's Creek, was last seen in Good Grief. The film was premiered on Netflix on January 5. In the film, he played the role of a gay character. Recently, he shared that "homophobia" has led to him missing out on "wonderful, rich, challenging roles.”

Dan Levy talks about playing gay characters

Dan Levy feels his own openness has led to limits in the sort of parts he has been offered when compared to his peers. "In some ways, yes. And in some ways, no. I think there has been a shift in the sense that there are more gay celebrities than ever before," he told the I newspaper when asked if he thinks it is easier to be out in the entertainment industry now than when he began his career.

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He added, "But do I think that opportunity has changed? I don't know. At least speaking from my own experience… I achieved a level of success that in many of my peers' cases resulted in a huge influx of really nuanced, wonderful, rich, challenging roles. And I didn't see them. I tended to just see versions of the character I had already written for myself."

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Dan Levy says there has been a 'marked lack of variety' in scripts after Schitt's Creek ended

The 40-year-old star noted there has been a "marked lack of variety" in the scripts he was sent after "Schitt's Creek" ended and wishes other gay actors had the "privilege" he does in being able to write new parts for himself, reports aceshowbiz.com.

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He said: "My hope is that more gay-queer people can tell stories that have that kind of nuance, because it was important that I write this just to allow myself the opportunity to show something different. But I had to do that for myself. Which is a great privilege, but something that a lot of other gay actors don't have the opportunity to do."

(Inputs from IANS)

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 15:33 IST

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