Rupert Everett (born 29 May 1959) is an English actor and writer perhaps best known for his scene-stealing role as Julia Roberts's gay friend in My Best Friend's Wedding, among many other roles in film, television, and on stage.
He is openly gay but has spoken out against same-sex marriage, stating that "I loathe heterosexual weddings. The wedding cake, the party, the champagne, the inevitable divorce two years later. It's just a waste of time in the heterosexual world, and in the homosexual world I find it personally beyond tragic that we want to ape this institution that is so clearly a disaster." He has also stated that he regrets the decision to come out and feels that it hurt his acting career. For example, in a 2009 interview with The Observer, he stated:
The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. You're going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they'll cut you right off... Honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out.
A former sex worker, Everett has been active in campaigns against the criminalization of prostitution.