Ryan Phillippe on playing gay

Ryan Phillippe in the early 1990s.

“I grew up in a Baptist school so I led a fairly sheltered life and I didn’t know exactly how to deal with homosexuals ’cause I never had to … I’ve learned that humankind as a whole needs to have more understanding for others’ needs and if you can’t understand someone, that shouldn’t give you reason to ridicule them. That’s what I hope our audience gets out of the show because that’s what I’ve gotten out of playing the role.”

—Ryan Phillippe from One Gay Life to Live