He played a gay guy on the slightly larger side in iconic teen film Mean Girls – and he did so again a decade later in HBO’s seminal TV show Looking.
And three years since Looking concluded with a TV film, Daniel Franzese is calling for greater representation of guys like him on screen.
Amen to that!
The star made the admission while speaking to TMZ at LAX Airport this week.
He was asked about a recent Instagram photo of him in a pool topless, that the actor previously said was about ‘reclaiming my childhood spent wearing a shirt in the pool growing up in Florida.
‘Not giving a f**k what people think feels so good.’
Daniel furthermore captioned his original post: ‘It’s #bigboysummer and soaking up every last minute until #bigandtallfall. #BellyOutchallenge.’
Daniel went on to agree that larger dudes need to be seen as sexy too, explaining: ‘There are a lot of shows on TV right now […] showing queer stuff. But they just don’t sexualise bigger gay men.’
He later added: ‘Gay bigger people are invisible.’
He went on: ‘I really respect Ryan Murphy. I think he’s a leader in diversity and inclusion riders. But he doesn’t have any sexualised bigger guys in any of his programming. Nobody does right now. I’d be working if they did!’
Ryan Murphy is the mastermind behind shows like Glee, Pose and the American Horror Story series.
Directly addressing Hollywood, Daniel finally added: ‘I’ve never had a problem finding anybody to hook up with! All my characters have to beg people. I don’t understand!’
Damien of course shot to fame in 2004’s Mean Girls (‘I want my pink shirt back!’) alongside Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.
He later won critical praise for his role as HIV positive Eddie in Looking, about the lives and loves of gay men in San Francisco. It also featured Jonathan Gross and Russell Tovey.
Daniel’s other screen credits include 2005’s War of the Worlds and 2010’s I Spit On Your Grave.
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