Cover Photo: Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult
Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult

In ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding,’ I Found My Gay Role Model: Julia Roberts

There are two gay men in “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” There’s Rupert Everett, then there’s the gay man I wanted to be—Julia Roberts’ character, Julianne Potter.

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“‘I knew I couldn’t hold your interest’ he told me.” He’d had this look on his face. It was the first time Jules felt like the shallow bitch he knew he’d become, had perhaps always been. “Then he says, ‘But what makes me want to cry is I’m losing the best friend I ever had.’” Jules could see the truth in this. Not just because he’d introduced Michael to a new world but because in turn Michael had unlocked feelings in himself he thought he’d closed off completely, the armor Jules had so carefully constructed for himself.

“So I cried. For maybe the third time in my life. And I kissed him. And we’ve been best friends ever since.” Jules can tell that George is enjoying this, proud even of this show of emotion.

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Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter based in New York City. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, while his work of cultural criticism has been featured in The Atlantic, Film Quarterly, Esquire, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is a regular contributor to Remezcla where he covers Latin American cinema and U.S. Latino media culture, and Electric Literature, where he writes about book-to-film adaptations. He has a Ph.D. but doesn't like to brag about it.