Greg Berlanti: Gay Execs “Least Likely” to Let Him Cast Gay Actors

The "Love, Simon" director spills on anti-LGBTQ bias he encountered early in his career.

The most standout culprit of unconscious bias Greg Berlanti ever encountered in Hollywood? According to an interview Berlanti gave to The Hollywood Reporter, it was other gay execs who wouldn’t let him cast actors they knew were gay.

The trailblazing Love, Simon director got real about gatekeeping in Hollywood for THR’s “50 Agents of Change” feature, which also includes takes from Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox and Pose’s Ryan Murphy.

“Early on in my career there were gay execs and gay casting people who were the least likely to let me cast an actor they knew was gay in a straight part,” Berlanti said. “These were the individuals who knew how important it would be.”

Berlanti also shouted out fellow film superstar Ava DuVernay—included among THR’s “50 Agents of Change” lineup—as a major driving force of change in Hollywood. “She sets a standard so inherently,” he told the magazine. “I have been really inspired and impressed and ignited by what she’s looking for in her creative partners.”

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Berlanti at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.

As for when he’ll feel like Hollywood has really, truly become inclusive? Berlanti’s answer was simple: “[when] The majority of rooms I walk into—executive suites or writers rooms or production floors—look and feel like the rest of America.”

Now that is a look we can get behind.

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