Andrew Rannells a 'Purebred' Gay Man

Unlike his character on Girls, he doesn't question that he's gay, says Rannells.

BY Trudy Ring

January 11 2013 3:30 PM ET

Andrew Rannells

Elijah, Andrew Rannells’s character in Girls, may be intensely, uh, attracted to a woman in the show’s season premiere, which shows him wondering if he might be bisexual rather than gay, but the gay actor is unquestioning about his real-life sexuality.

“I personally have never had sex with a woman,” Rannells, who also stars in The New Normal, told New York magazine’s entertainment blog Vulture. “I’m more of what you call gold-star gay. I’m purebred.”

Rannells says he’s among the minority of gay men, as most of them have had sex with a woman at some point — some even after they’ve concluded that yep, they’re gay. “I have a lot of friends who, actually, after they’ve realized they're gay, they feel empowered in a way that they do some things that they didn’t think they would do, like explore some things because they’re a little more comfortable with who they are,” he told the blog.

The season 2 premiere of Girls airs at Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.
 

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