His approach worked and landed him his breakout role in 1994 on the TV drama My So-Called Life, playing Ricky Vasquez, a gay teenager.As more TV and movie roles came his way, Cruz decided to try his luck on Broadway. He's been honored by GLAAD with their Visibilidad Award, presented to Spanish-language members of the community who have made a difference in promoting equal rights, and he once sat on their board.The 42-year-old actor, who is openly gay himself, exclusively opened up to ET about his relative, Brenda Lee Marquez Mc Cool, who was a mother of 11 and two-time cancer survivor. #Pulse#orlando." "Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me and my family.WATCH: President Obama Speaks Out About the Shooting at Orlando Gay Nightclub "Brenda went to Pulse the way she frequently did, with her 21-year-old openly gay son, Isaiah," Cruz exclusively told ET. Here is a profile about our Brenda Mc Cool," Cruz later tweeted in response to all the positive messages he received.
Says Cruz: “Even though people are saying they prefer a redhead, or a ginger or somebody with dark hair or somebody with blond hair that doesn’t necessarily mean that they wouldn’t actually them, as opposed to when we say ‘I’m only attracted to white guys.’ The problem with that is you’re dismissing a whole group of people based on that race.I felt like as a whole, the film did a good job of showing a spectrum of gay men. some of the controversy came off as self-hatred to me in the sense that we do have a lot of effeminate men in our community. And I celebrate the fact that they should be willing and able to be exactly who they are.” He has strong words for those who have been critical: “When we as a community start to tear each other down because of the fact that some of the members of our community feel so free and so alive, that they feel they can be whoever they are in public, then we have lost the whole purpose of our movement. He explains: “I might want to do some political work and that may be where I want to end up.” Ellen De Generes on cover of Good Housekeeping! WATCH: The full interview between Chelsea Handler and Fortune Feimster as Sarah Huckabee Sanders Morning Round-Up: Trump’s ‘great favor,’ Amazon sued; Jeffrey Lord fired; Chelsea Manning models Friday Morning Man: Chris Hemsworth! “I was happy with what I did, I was very proud of my portrayal of a gay man,” he says.“I know that there was some controversy about some of the portrayals of gay men in the film.