Luke Evans, the star of Dracula Untold and a Hobbit veteran, was openly gay as a young actor in the UK and during his earliest years in America, then slid back into the closet when Hollywood roles and ensuing stardom came his way.
Now, after avoiding comment on his sexual orientation—and just in time for National Coming Out Day—Evans has answered a question on the topic from Women's Wear Daily, effectively re-coming out. Evans was asked if he was setting a precedent as an openly gay action star, to which he replied:
“It’s good for people to look at me and think this guy is doing his thing and enjoying what he’s doing and successful at it and living his life. And that’s what I’m doing and I’m very happy.”
The WWD piece notes that Evans's publicists (wonder how many on his team are gay?) tried to make it a condition of the interview that his sexuality not be brought up. The interviewer ignored the command and Evans didn't avoid the question. Good for the interviewer (Erik Maza) and good for Evans.