The actress infamous for marrying (or not marrying) the love of her life in romantic comedies is back at it again. This time, however, the person across from Katherine Heigl at the altar will be a woman.
Heigl will star in Jenny’s Wedding as a woman marrying her female partner (Alexis Bledel) despite her conservative family’s views. Indiegogo is funding the film and has raised about $6,000 of the $150,000 goal.
While Heigl is doing what she can to get the LGBT community on the map, some are skeptical about straight actors playing the roles of gay ones.
One blogger argues that straight actors taking on the role of a gay actor often leads to awards, but it’s hard for them to portray the kind of family struggle that is generally common for many of the gay community.
“It’s not that taking these roles in inherently wrong. But it’s become a kind of trend for straight actors to play out the struggles of gay characters for critical acclaim, and it’s one that needs to stop,” Caroline Pate said. “Actors try to make a statement that they’re somehow departing from “the norm” with roles like these, and that kind of message others the LGBTQ community and tells them that their experience is so far outside that of a straight person’s experience, that it’s hard work for a straight actor to try and portray it.”
Pate says that sexuality is an identity, not some sort of “character quirk” and acting like it is can take power away from the LGBT voices.
Whether or not the movie is played by straight actresses, it will be bringing good to the gay community as a portion of the donations will go to PFLAG Cleveland (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The movie is expected to be released by the end of this year.