Ryan Phillippe Says Parents 'Shunned' Him Over Gay 'One Life To Live' Role

Ryan Phillippe may be a formidable presence in Hollywood, but if his family members had their way, his television and film careers might have developed very differently.
Phillippe looked back on some of his best-known roles in an interview with New York KFC Radio this week. The 46-year-old actor announced that his parents Richard and Susan were not pleased when he pioneered the 1992-1993 ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," in which he played gay teen Billy Douglas.
"I grew up in Baptist school, the Christian school," said Phillippe, a Delaware native who was 17 when he booked the part. “I was avoided at this point. I mean, that was 1992 and I played a gay teenager and went to a Christian school. They weren't happy about it. "
Ryan Phillippe (right) with "One Life to Live" plays co-stars Chris McKenna and Kelly Cheston in 1992. (Photo: Ann Limongello via Getty Images)
Years later, the actor's parents gave his appearance on "Cruel Intentions" a similarly cool reception. Based on the steamy French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," the 1999 teen drama starred Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont, a wealthy bad boy who swears to be both a virgin classmate, Annette Hargrove (played by then-real love Reese Witherspoon) and also seduce his stepsister Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar).
"I thought my parents were going to deny me," he joked to KFC Radio, noting that he would like to play similar roles in the future. "I've never played a character like this since then. It was so much fun to be so funky and theatrical. ... The film kind of keeps getting fans."
Phillippe returned to network television for the first time in five years on ABC's "Big Sky" this week. The mystery thriller was created by David E. Kelley based on a 2013 novel and follows a group of detectives who track down a truck driver who kidnapped two sisters in Montana.
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Check out a clip from Ryan Phillippe's KFC radio interview below.
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