'Sex And The City's' Stanford reveals why he kept quiet about being straight

Julia Hunt
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Willie Garson. 17 June 2009, Hollywood, CA. JetBlue Launches LAX with VH1 Save the Music Foundation, LA. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press./Blue_gm.151/0906181243
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Sex And The City star Willie Garson has revealed the real reason he didn’t speak about being straight while he was on the show – he didn’t want to offend anyone.

The actor, 56, played Carrie Bradshaw’s gay best friend Stanford Blatch in the hit series and its spin-off movies.

And while he was starring in the franchise he kept pretty quiet about the fact he was actually straight in real life.

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The actor has now told Page Six why, explaining: “For years I didn’t talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people.

“People playing gay characters jumping up and down screaming that they’re not gay, like that would somehow be a bad thing if they were.”

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01:  Actress Sarah Jessica Parker  and actor Willie Garson sighting filming a scene for the movie "Sex and The  City"  on location in the west village on October 01 2007 in New York City  (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson filming a scene (Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)

“I’ve never been straight closeted, is that a thing?” added the star.

Garson also told how he came up with a way of answering if he was asked about his sexuality in interviews.

He revealed: “I would say, ‘When I was on White Collar no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on NYPD Blue, nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer. This is what we do for a living, portray people’.”

384168 08: Cast members (from left to right) Willie Garson (Stanford), Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Kim Cattrall (Samatha) and Cynthia Nixon (Amanda) act in a scene from the HBO television series "Sex and the City" third season, episode "Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl". (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Newsmakers)
Willie Garson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon (Paramount Pictures/Newsmakers)

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Sex And The City – starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall - ran from 1998 to 2004 and two spin-off movies followed in 2008 and 2010.

Garson is also known for the series Hawaii Five-O and Stargate SG-1 and has appeared in movies including Fever Pitch and Labor Pains.

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