Michael C. Hall said he identifies as “not all the way heterosexual” in a candid new interview about his sexuality.
The Golden Globe–winning actor, who starred on the HBO series “Six Feet Under” as gay mortician David Fisher, has been drawn to playing LGBTQ characters throughout his career on stage and screen.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, Hall reflected on discovering his sexual fluidity in relation to some of his best-known roles, despite never having an “intimate” relationship with a man.
“I think there’s a spectrum. I am on it. I’m heterosexual,” he explained. “But if there was a percentage, I would say I was not all the way heterosexual.”
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Michael C. Hall, left, and Morgan Macgregor arrive at the world premiere of "Game Night" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Morgan Macgregor, left, and Michael C. Hall, right, attend the Farm Sanctuary on the Hudson gala at Pier Sixty on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Michael C. Hall, left, and Morgan Macgregor arrive at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 6, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor Michael C Hall and Morgan Macgregor pose for photographers upon arrival at the Mercury Prize Albums of the Year event in London, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Morgan Macgregor, left, and Michael C. Hall, right, attend the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2015 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Actor Michael C. Hall (L) and critic Morgan Macgregor attend the 2018 Farm Sanctuary on the Hudson gala at Pier 60 on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Farm Sanctuary)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Michael C. Hall and Morgan Macgregor arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Game Night' at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 21, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Michael C. Hall (L) and wife Morgan Macgregor attend the press night after party for 'Lazarus' at the King's Cross Theatre on November 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Michael C. Hall and Morgan Macgregor Hall attend the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Morgan MacGregor and Michael C. Hall attend NYU Tisch School of The Arts 2015 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Michael C. Hall and Morgan Macgregor are seen in the West Village on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Michael C. Hall and girlfriend Morgan Macgregor attend the 'If/Then' Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Michael C. Hall and Morgan MacGregor attend the 2014 Breakthrough Prize Inaugural Ceremony for Awards in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences at NASA Ames Research Center on December 12, 2013 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for MerchantCantos)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Writer Morgan Macgregor (L) and actor Michael C. Hall attend Day 3 of the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge on January 20, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for KFSL)
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Playing the gender nonconforming emcee in “Cabaret,” Hall said, allowed him to “fling a bunch of doors wide open” in terms of his own sexuality, as he locked lips his co-star Michael Stuhlbarg every night.
“I think I have always leaned into any fluidity in terms of my sexuality,” he added.
Hall has wed three times. He married actress Amy Spanger, who starred opposite him in the Broadway musical “Chicago” in 2002. He famously tied the knot with his “Dexter” co-star Jennifer Carpenter in 2008, but they divorced two years later. In 2016 he married longtime girlfriend Morgan Macgregor, a book critic and writer.
Hall chalks up some of that fluidity to a “craving for an emotional intimacy with a man” due to a fraught relationship with his father, who died when the actor was 11 years old.
“I don’t mean to suggest that an emotional relationship between a father and son is any way homoerotic,” he said. “I mean an emotional intimacy or connection that at least in the milieu I grew up in was considered fey. I had an appetite to have emotional connections with men beyond beer, sports, and fist pumping that were considered ‘gay.’”
And while Hall doesn’t consider himself entirely heterosexual, he does note the sensitivity surrounding LGBTQ representation on screen and the recent public conversations about straight actors playing gay roles.
“I was playing this aspirationally iconic gay role as a straight man,” he said of his role in “Six Feet Under. “I felt all the more charged to do it justice. I certainly understand anyone who takes issue with the phenomenon.”