26 Gay Actors Who Aced Their Straight Roles ...

Have you ever noticed how much praise heterosexual actors get when they play gay characters in movies and on television?

Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, but it's always amazed me that homosexual actors don't get the same recognition for playing straight characters.

People are always sort of surprised and amazed, as if they can't even fathom how someone can be gay and still “pull off” acting straight.

They seem amazed that it's believable – but it is.

Here is just a small sampling of the wonderful, talented, beautiful men and women who have managed it.

1. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris is more than a little phenomenal.

Once known for playing boy genius Doogie Howser, he's now known for bringing debonair, charismatic, witty, and womanizing Barney Stinson to life.

Kristian Nairn