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Anonymous said: Why do you think so many Hollywood actors remain in the closet? Do you think your British backgrounds helped give you confidence to come out?
Watson: I never used to understand why so many actors stay closeted until I was staring down the barrel of it myself.
Holmes: It isn’t homophobia, at least not direct. It’s indirect. Hollywood doesn’t care about your sexuality, they only care about money. Anything that impacts your ability to sell a film impacts your career. If you’re known to be gay, the fear is that Middle America won’t go see you in a film.
Watson: Whether that’s true, right or appropriate doesn’t matter.
Holmes: It’s easier in Britain. But both of us had been working in Hollywood for many years, so I’m not sure it had an effect on us.
Watson: Nobody’s willing to take the risk so nobody finds out if that’s even true anymore. It’s a vicious circle. But nobody of Sherlock’s stature had ever come out before.
Holmes: My stature? You have stature, too.
Watson: But you had prestige and history and credibility. I was Mr. Date Movie Guy.
Holmes: A title I daresay you weren’t sorry to give up.
Watson: It was a good niche to find, but I wasn’t sorry to find a new one, no.
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