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DYNASTY’s Rafael de La Fuente Reflects On Being Out and Proud After Conquering His Fears

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CW’s Dynasty just wouldn’t be the fun soap it is without the presence and the performance of none other than Rafael de La Fuente who kills it week after week with his work in the role of Sammy Jo.

In a very touching Instagram post on Wednesday from Atlanta, where Dynasty is shot, Rafael shares where he is at in his life (which is an amazing place) after his struggle with coming to terms with being gay, and how it would affect his chances of garnering work in Hollywood.

Rafael shared: “There was a time when I was so incredibly terrified of being gay and the thought of being out was sooo out of the question because I thought if I dared to be honest and open about who I was, I’d never be able to work as an actor or have a healthy love and family life… I’m currently on set of the show that I’ve been starring in (for 3 seasons now wtf), where I play a GAY character while my gorgeous boyfriend is in my trailer doing some work on the computer.  Ohh, and we’ll be spending Christmas with my family. Happiness and everything you want is on the other side of fear kids. Be bold, be proud, be you.”



Share your thoughts on de La Fuente’s post and if you enjoy his work as Sammy Jo on Dynasty via the comment section below.

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Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Kudos to de la Fuente for his inspirational commentary and bravery. His work on Dynasty is indeed a highlight of the show!

Steven
Steven

Sigh…ok whatever. Am I supposed to feel better after reading this? He’s a celeb in a gay-friendly celeb world. What is there to be scared of? I guess he now wants to be a spokesperson and model for people coming out. Guess what? There’s many of us who have been Out and Proud for decades. You’re no trailblazer.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I know nothing of this actor’s life, family or circumstances. Finding ones personal peace with self is an ongoing part of the human journey. I applaud Rafael’s progress on his journey.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Steven, did you even read the message? He’s saying he was previously scared, not now… and “what was there to be scared of?” you ask… Mr. De la Fuente spells it out for you: He thought it would hurt his career (which does happen to gay actors) and he had family concerns (we don’t know what his family is like). He’s not saying he’s a trailblazer. He’s offering hope to young people that coming out can be positive, even if it’s scary (“Happiness and fear is on the other side kids,” he writes.) Since you’ve been out and proud for decades, as you say, why not be happy for him instead of being negative?

Drake
Drake

Steven, I think you’re missing the point here. Everyone’s journey is different. He’s not aspiring to be a trailblazer. He’s simply celebrating living in his truth. This is significantly harder for men of color for a multitude of reasons. I can relate to his post and draw inspiration from it and I’m sure others from the communities he represents can as well.

No hate no shade
No hate no shade

Why the hate. True, but the world isnt always gay friendly even for celebrities. Some people still cant land roles in the industry. He wasnt trying to be original, he was trying to also encourage people by talking about his struggle.

Kevin
Kevin

Why can’t we be glad when someone comes out instead of tearing them down? I swear, sometimes there’s more hate from inside our own community than there is from any homophobe. Congratulations Rafael on living your truth. I love you on DYNASTY.

Hailey
Hailey

It’s always fantastic to see another positive coming out story, after decades worth of stories citing why you shouldn’t, on pain of rejection, disgust, humiliation, up to and including death. He’s a great actor and such a positive guy. I respect his work and his message.

Deb
Deb

Good for you! Great character and great show.

LINDA D. KISH
LINDA D. KISH

Love this, and love him! So glad you are happy and in love! Love you on Dynasty!

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In the latest bit of casting news from Chapman herself, she will be seen in the role of former First Lady, Nancy Reagan in the new Will Smith film, King Richard based on the life of Tennis champs, Serena and Venus Williams, father, Richard Williams.

According to Yahoo News: Liev Schreiber has also joined the cast of the film.  Schreiber will play tennis coach Paul Cohen, a famous instructor who worked with several leading tennis players including John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, amongst others. The script has been done by Zach Baylin and depicts the story of Williams, who trained his two daughters to play tennis without having any prior knowledge of the sport and turned them both into Grand Slam winners and World No. 1 Players in the world.”

Chapman posted on her Facebook page: “Pleased to leak the latest … I will be playing “Just Say No” NANCY REAGAN in Will Smith’s new film..”KING RICHARD” about Venus & Serena’s Dad and their rise to Tennis Fame! Last year TALLULAH…HAH! The Life of an Actor!!”

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We love hearing more of Elizabeth Gilles (Fallon) singing on CW’s Dynasty and now tonight with the Friday, February 21st episode of the primetime soap, viewers will hear Gilles for the third time this season.

During the special film noir episode entitled: “You See Most Things in Terms of Black and White,”  Fallon croons to her man, Liam (Adam Huber) with the classic song, “Why Try to Change Me Now”.

In story, Fallon plans a special gesture for Liam, who gets a significant career opportunity.  Elsewhere on tonight’s installment look for: Blake and Cristal to contend with their new house guest, while Adam seeks help from Alexis and Jeff, and Sam tries a different kind of relationship, while Kirby pines for her crush.

And tonight’s episode was directed by five-time Daytime Emmy winner, and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) .

Tom took to her Instagram and shared: “My episode of #dynasty airs tonight 9pm on the CW!! This was such a joy to direct! The cast was ah-mazing!!! @lizgillz and @hubersworld rocked every scene. And spoiler alert!!!! Liz has TWO musical numbers- I swear her voice is other worldly! Thanks to everyone @cw_dynasty for such awesomexperience! #director #directorslife #love #drama #guiltypleasure #noir #retro #wardrobe #shoes (seriously speaking as a shoe freak this show is insane- I made sure to highlight them! @cbsentdiversity @thecw”

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As many know, Elizabeth made her debut as a singer on the Nickelodeon series Victorious with the single “Give It Up” in 2011, singing alongside none other than Ariana Grande.

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Fast-forward to tonight’s episode, Hendrix comes into her own in the role made soap-famous by Joan Collins back in the 80’s.  In story, we find out that Alexis is married to Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke)!

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