"I think there is definitely a level of respect that comes from this. People say, 'Wow, you're straight but you've done these two gay roles, and that's really cool.' So yeah, hopefully people will see it for what it is, and that's because it was a challenge, and I liked the roles and what the story was saying. But as far as whether or not what I've done will bring a certain role my way, it's really too early to tell." Ryan Carnes.
Up-and-coming actor Ryan Carnes is widely recognized for playing such gay characters as Lucas Jones (2004-2005), the adopted son of Dr. Tony Jones and nurse Bobbie Spencer, on the longest-running ABC Daytime American soap opera "General Hospital," as Justin (2004-2006), the boyfriend to Bree's (Marcia Cross) complicated gay son Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom), on the hit ABC soap "Desperate Housewives," and as Marc Everhard, whom Jim Verraros' Kyle is infatuated with, in the award-winning movie "Eating Out" (2004).
The 5' 9" young actor, who has stated in interviews that he is straight despite his gay roles, once said that he feels comfortable playing gay roles and would happily partake in a gay love scene with Colin Farrell. He has added to his resume with roles in the films "Surf School" (2006), "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006), "Anderson's Cross" (2007), and "Trailer Park of Terror" (2008). He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Leaving Barstow" and "The Sno Cone Stand Inc."
Meanwhile, Ryan has gust starred in the TV series "The Closer," "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami" and "Doctor Who."
"You know what? I think that when the appropriate role comes my way, if the timing is right for me, I would absolutely do another one. Hey, Antonio Banderas has done nine gay roles, and it certainly hasn't hurt him. The guy's got a great career. Look at Tom Hanks, you know? I don't think you can say anything bad about an actor who makes a choice based on what his heart tells him, and what he sees on the page. If something strikes you, you should do it." Ryan Carnes.
Childhood and Family:
In a small, rural community of Pittsfield, Illinois, Ryan Gregg Carnes was born on December 6, 1982. The only child of the family, Ryan attended Duke University for 2 years, where he was a member of the university's marching band.
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Starting out with a national campaign (both in print and commercials) for Nintendo in 2003, Ryan Carnes broke into acting in 2004 when he landed the recurring role of Lucas Stansbury Jones, the adopted son of Dr. Tony Jones (played by Brad Maule) and nurse Bobbie Spencer (played by Jacklyn Zeman), on the longest-running ABC Daytime American soap opera, "General Hospital." The ninth actor to play the role, Ryan stayed on the show from 2004 to 2005, before leaving the show as he found out that his character was going to be coming out. He was later replaced by Ben Hogestyn.
"Once you’ve done frontal nudity, hey, what else is there?" Ryan Carnes.
During this time, Ryan made his film debut in writer/director Q. Allan Brocka's award-winning gay-themed romantic comedy "Eating Out" (2004), playing Marc Everhard, Emily Brooke Hands' roommate whom Jim Verraros' character is infatuated with.
When asked if he has been treated differently by his family or Christian friends after taking the role in "Eating Out" in which he did full-frontal nudity, Ryan replied, "No, not so far. I'm sure there are some people out there who I've known in my life who may be Christians who have looked at this and gone, 'Um, I don't really know if that's appropriate,' but they haven't vocalized it to me. And to that, I would say that I'm an actor, it's a role, and this is what I do. I don't want to get into the whole politics of religion and all that, I'm just an actor!"
Also in 2004, Ryan began playing Justin, Gabrielle Solis' (Eva Longoria) former gardener and John Rowland's (Jesse Metcalfe) room-mate who, after coming out as gay, forms a sexual relationship with Bree's (Marcia Cross) complicated gay son Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom), in the hit ABC soap "Desperate Housewives."
"I've been approached by men, women, gay and straight. Several gay men I've been approached by have been very appreciative. And not just complimentary like, 'Oh, wow, you did a really great job mowing the yard on 'Desperate Housewives'' [laughs]. I had a very nice gentleman come up to me recently and say, 'I liked what you did on the show, because we're not all drag queens or hustlers, we're just guys who like guys, so seeing you was nice.'" Ryan Carnes.
Meanwhile, Ryan appeared in the made-for-television movie "Thicker Than Water" (2005) and in a half-hour comedy pilot for NBC, "Grand Union" (2006). He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of TNT police drama series starring Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," and the CBS police procedural television series "CSI: NY."
Returning to the wide screen, Ryan was cast in Joel Silverman's teen comedy "Surf School" (2006), Clint Eastwood's WW II film "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006; starring Ken Watanabe), and Jerome E. Scott's coming-of-age drama/comedy "Anderson's Cross" (2007). And after guest-starring in the CBS crime/drama "CSI: Miami" and the sci-fi drama "Doctor Who," he appeared in Steven Goldmann's horror movie based on the Imperium Comics series, "Trailer Park of Terror," starring Nichole Hiltz.
Ryan has completed his upcoming film project, "Leaving Barstow," a drama by Peter Paige in which he will co-star with Michelle Clunie, Kevin Sheridan, and Ryan Michelle Bathe. He will soon wrap "The Sno Cone Stand Inc," a comedy by Travis Knapp in which he will co-star as a lovable loser with salesman syndrome.
Besides a talented actor, Ryan is also an accomplished drummer for 15 years. He pens lyrics and is now working for first projects of several other musicians.
"As for the actor whose career I would most like to emulate -- Dustin Hoffman. I think his diverse, yet consistently stellar body of work and his career longevity speak for themselves. And as for my love interest in my own little love story, Kate Hudson. I'm smitten ... she's got it all!! And I gotta include Scarlett Johansson as well." Ryan Carnes.