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From great stars like Tom Hanks on Philadelphia to Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, there have been many great actors that have played gay roles even when they are not. Another of such is Casey Cott whose role of Kevin Keller in The CW series Riverdale has raised questions regarding his sexual orientation.
The character of Kevin Keller played by Casey Cott in the series happens to be the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics publications and Cott has interpreted the role so well that fans are desperately eager to know if he is gay in real life. Cott started off as a recurring character, but after the first season of the series, he was soon promoted to a series regular from the second season upward. Here is all to know about his personal life:
Early Life and Family of Casey Cott
Casey Cott was born in Michigan on the 8th of August 1992 to Rick and Lori Cott; but grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and attended Chagrin Falls High School from where he graduated. He was raised in a close-knitted family with a father who is an investment manager and a former fighter pilot in the Air Force. Casey Cott is the second child of his parents’ three children; he has an older brother Cory and a younger sister.
He is not the only member of the family who is into the entertainment world as his brother, Corey Cott is also an actor and a singer. Two years older than Casey, he began his career in 2012 and has come to be known for his portrayal of Jack Kelly in the Broadway musical Newsies. He is set to take the main role in the 2020 TV series, Filthy Rich.
How He Began His Career
His mother, Lori Cott is very significant to Casey becoming an actor. She offered him a $50 incentive to take part in a school musical and that set the ball rolling for his career that later began fully with performances in local theatres in Ohio. After high school, Cott began studying acting at Boston University before transferring to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, graduating in 2016.
While studying at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he got involved in the regional theatre there and at the same time, he worked on some University productions. In 2014, he starred alongside his classmates in a play Parade at the New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh, he was also involved in the production of Small Engine Repair at Barebone Productions that same year.
Casey Cott landed the role of Kevin Keller in the TV adaptation of the Archie Comics universe Riverdale during his final year at CMU.
Cott’s role as Kevin in the series which began airing on the CW network in January 2017 is actually the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics. Casey would later reveal in a Facebook video that he originally auditioned for the roles of Jughead Jones and Archie Andrews but got that of Kevin instead. He started off as a recurring character but was promoted to the series regular from the second season upward.
Why Does He Enjoy Playing Gay Roles?
Following Cott’s perfect interpretation of the role of Kevin Keller in the CW series Riverdale, speculations began going around that the actor may actually be gay in real life. However, despite the passionate kiss he shared with Joaquin and the portrayal of his gay character, the sexual orientation of Casey Cott is straight. He has never dated any man in the past and he doesn’t see himself dating any in the future.
Although he has indicated that he has now come to love playing a gay character in Riverdale, what he actually auditioned for was to play Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones. He ended up with Keller at the end of the day, and he did not disappoint.
For him, it is just interesting interpreting the character he is not in real life perfectly well and he gives all the credit to the series’ writers, producers, directors for bringing out the best in him and other actors of the series; according to him as actors, it is just up to them to fulfill their (writers, producers, directors) vision for the show.
Has Casey Cott Been In Any Relationships?
The young actor is currently not married neither does he have children of his own. He is among hundreds of Hollywood stars who keep their private life away from the public and social media and to a large extent, he has succeeded to do so.
He was once said to be dating U.S actress, singer and dancer Stephanie Styles from 2015, but the two are no more together and there is no information regarding a new woman in his life at the moment.