Luke Evans believes his sexuality has never held him back in his career.
The Beauty and the Beast star said since coming out 15 years ago hasn’t negatively affected his career.
And that’s the way things should be, according to Evans.
“Talent, success, what you do in your personal life – I don’t see how one should have an effect on the other,” the Welsh actor told Jackal Magazine.
In the candid interview, Evans reveals his sexuality wasn’t an issue as a stage actor in the West End.
When asked if Hollywood could cope with a gay action hero, Evans is unsure.
He responded: “That question is difficult to answer. I don’t think about it [and] I don’t feel they’re connected. I don’t think I’d be in this business if I felt that I was not being employed because of who I am in my personal life.”
Evans rarely shares information about his private life.
“I try to keep my personal life and my private life separate,” he said in the interview.
“Not for any reason other than there’s a clue in the title – it’s private. As an actor, you have to keep some sort of enigma and mystery. There’s a dignity to keeping private. I’m trying to keep a bit of dignity to my private life and to protect the people in my life. It’s the choice I’ve made.”
In an interview with the Guardian last year, Evans said: “I don’t blast it from the rooftops because I’m a very private person. And it doesn’t affect anything. But it’s life. This is who I am as Luke.”
Evans plays Gaston in new remake of Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.
The film features a scene with two male characters dancing in the ballroom together, as well as an excited male character in drag. And it caused an uproar in infamously anti-gay countries like Russia and Malaysia, with calls to ban the gay-friendly movie.