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Hunky gay ‘Bros’ star Luke Macfarlane was the straight man—literally—in a dozen Hallmark movies

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Billy Eichner‘s upcoming gay rom-com Bros represents a major breakthrough moment for out gay actor Luke Macfarlane. But he’s no stranger to playing the romantic lead.As one of the stars of Bros‘ historic, all-LGBTQ cast, Macfarlane finds himself in the limelight after working steadily in theater, film, and television for the better part of the last two decades.Born in London, Ontario, the 41-year old, Juilliard trained (Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, and Michael Urie were his classmates) actor’s biggest break came in 2006 when he joined ABC drama Brothers & Sisters for a multi-season arc.

His character, Scotty, was part of one of network television’s earliest gay weddings—a moment which inspired him to come out publicly in 2008.Related: Here’s all of the queer, must-see movies and TV shows headed your way this fallAt the time, Macfarlane admitted he was “terrified” over how being out might impact his career.

And while he prefers not to guess at the hypotheticals of “what might have been,” there’s no denying that he’s continued to book regardless—you just might not be aware unless you’ve been frequenting the Hallmark Channel.Yes, since 2015, the actor has starred in a dozen Hallmark movies—many of them Christmas themed—playing the straight love interest.Related: Actor Luke Macfarlane loses dog after it jumps into FedEx truckNow, if you’ve seen one Hallmark holiday movie, you’ve basically seen them all: They usually concern themselves with a plucky young woman too wrapped up in her career to accept love in her life.

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