Andrew Rannells Reveals the Crush That Made Him Realize He Was Gay, at Age 5: VIDEO


In a new clip from the docuseries 'It Got Better' (now in its second season), the collaboration between Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky's production company and Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better' campaign, actor Andrew Rannells (Girls, Hedwig, The Book of Mormon) talks about realizing he was a gay man and how those around him did too.


Who was your earliest same-sex crush?


  1. derwood says

    When I was 6, I told my family I wanted to kiss Bobby Sherman while watching “Here Come the Brides”! My military, catholic, sports-oriented family seemed to PULSE all at once. And I knew at that moment to never say that again (although I really didn’t know what I did wrong). I figured it out later.

  2. Marc says

    I remember being excited by Mr Sulu (George Takei) on Star Trek reruns when I was about 7.

  3. Richard says

    There was a kid named Linc in kindergarten. . I had no idea what I would do with him, but knew there was something, and that I couldn’t tell this to anyone.

  4. Enough said says

    wow you all, I never suspected till I was like 12+ during a wet dream about duran duran bass player John and me waking up with a wet spot in my underware.

  5. AJ says

    Mine was George Michael in his Faith video. At first I thought maybe I just wanted some cool ripped jeans and boots like his. I eventually realized I wanted what was IN the jeans.

  6. MichaelJ says

    I can’t remember who of these three tv actors was first:
    Robert Vaughn, as Napoleon Solos on the “Man from Uncle”
    Adam West, as Batman
    Tony Dow, as Wally Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver.”

  7. Enough said says

    oh and my type has always remained the same since then. Tall with dark hair and dark eyes. That was 1 powerful wet dream that shook my world

  8. peter says

    I remember being that age at our summer beach club on the LI sound in Rye, NY. I loved to go with my dad to the men’s locker room to watch all the men get in and out of their bathing suits while we were doing the same.The men looked pretty darn good back then too.

  9. JackFknTwist says

    Age 4/5… pre elementry school….in the play yard….a boy in a navy sweater, gray shorts, ….straight brown hair, brown eyes.
    Le recherche de temps perdu.

  10. MrRoboto says

    Mine was Aquaman from the 1970s League of Justice cartoons, followed quickly by Lyle Waggoner from the Carol Burnett Show.

  11. Larry says

    Andy Gibb, first and foremost. The year “Shadow Dancing” came out I stared at that album cover forever. Didn’t know why, but…

    And then there were all those times watching “Battle of the Network Stars,” seeing the guys shirtless in Speedos. Preteen me was left dry mouthed at that.

  12. MrRoboto says

    Joseph, when I was 10 or so, I went to a celebrity signing with my teenage aunt to meet Scott Baio. I remember throwing a screaming fit because I got a crappy signed photo, but my aunt got to kiss Scott and I didn’t. My family still laughs about that story.

  13. jason says

    For me, it was age 7. I had a serious crush on James, not that i understood it. One day he adjusted his belt- in public!- and I was swooning. It was many years before I accepted that part of me.

  14. octobercountry says

    For me it was a young Robbie Benson, way back when I was in the seventh/eighth grade or so. Ah, memories…

  15. tom says

    Johnny Crawford, on The Rifleman. (Now I really feel old.) He was only about 12, but I was only 8.

  16. Marengo says

    A color picture in my Bible had a very hot, loinclothed Jesus on the cross – very confusing.

  17. pete n sfo says

    I think it was a Disney movie, maybe someone will know it. There was the young son, late teens… there was a flood and everyone climbed a tree to escape including a tiger. One of the members of the family was allergic to cats & had to suppress a sneeze lest the cat attack; very Disney, eh? I LOVED that young guy!!! If you know, petensfo at yahoo.
    I was also MAD for the boy from OLIVER in the late sixties. I figured it would go away, but it didn’t. :)

  18. JohnAGJ says

    Oh yeah, Maxwell Caulfield. I just entered adolescence and reeeeaaaaallllly wanted to get to know Max better at the time. Such a beautiful man with nice lips… oh sorry, flashback.

  19. RonCharles says

    The posts on this article have been some of the best that I have seen for a while on Towleroad.

  20. uhhuhh says

    Thanks to Chris for short-circuiting the insulting coy effort to make us watch the stupid video by just telling us the answer.

  21. Randy says

    The characters John Gage on Emergency, and Bo Duke on Dukes of Hazzard made an impression on me. Maybe I was 8.

  22. woodroad34 says

    Oh, geez–in 3rd grade a little hispanic kid and I were always finding ways to get to the bathroom together to mess around (before that it was a neighborhood kid and I hiding in tall meadow grass and fooling around). Of course it was James Garner as Maverick, Robert Conrad from Wild Wild West, Rod Taylor from the Birds (seeing the pattern?) or Ron Ely as Tarzan….Even Humphrey Bogart when his shirt was open or William Holden (

  23. woodroad34 says

    Johnny Crawford, on The Rifleman. (Now I really feel old.) He was only about 12, but I was only 8.


    How’s this for feeling old: I had a huge crush on Johnny Sheffield who played “Boy” in the Tarzan movies and then he later starred in the “Bomba” movies.

  24. EchtKultig says

    I can’t believe I’m the first to mention Jon-Erik Hexum…I had the Cover Up title sequence burned into my brain even though I was only 8 or 9. The whole show was so campy even by 80s standards, it’s a shame it never came out on DVD.

  25. Samz says

    I was still in single digits when I watched LASSIE with Jon Provost as Timmy. I wanted to be best friends with him, roll around on the ground with him and…nothing sexual, but looking back, it was budding. Later, Davy Jones of the Monkees, David Cassidy, and Bobby Sherman.

  26. andrew says

    Me too. At age nine, I was so attracted to Maxwell Caulfield that I could hardly take my eyes off him.

  27. jaker says

    Aquaman from the Justice League, Jon-Erk Hexum from Voyagers and Cover-Up, Coy and Vance from the other Dukes of Hazzard, Ace from Love Boat, and the boys from this show that was on for a hot second in 1984, Legmen

  28. bravo says

    Sean Cassidy AND Parker Stevenson.
    The Hardy Boys. The fact that they played brothers didn’t hurt…

  29. Craig in Portland says

    Definitely Tony Dow for me. I thought I was the only one though so it’s nice to hear that others crushed on him too!

  30. bravo says

    Tony Dow was on black-and-white reruns on PBS, but I also found him hot. I’d echo the previous comments of hairy guys in speedos on the Battle of the Network Stars and Jon-Erik Hexum.

  31. Marco Luxe says

    Race Bannon from Johnny Quest. Still my type. Also Tarzan Ron Ely. I can’t believe I was allowed to watch Tarzan; it was porn for pre-poofs. Jon-Erik Hexum too.

  32. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    At summer camp when I was 12, we went on an arduous two-day canoe trip. Our counselor took us to the movies in a little town along the Delaware River where we stayed overnight.

    The movie was “HUD”, a classic starring Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, and Melvin Douglas. However, it was filmed in b&w and had more dialogue than action. Most of boys fell asleep. I remained wide awake & totally aroused throughout the film & all night long afterward. I absolutely fell in love with Brandon deWilde, who played Paul Newman’s nephew.

    That’s how I discovered & confirmed my own orientation to myself.

  33. David says

    @ PETE N SFO The film was “In Search Of The Castaways”.

    My first crush was Ben Whishaw in The Hollow Crown. I was a late bloomer and Scotland gets cold in the winter – Mr Whishaw got married recently. I’m still looking for my beau.

  34. Paul Brownsey says

    Oh, you’re all so young.

    Alan Ladd, stripped to the waist for a fist-fight in Branded; Alan Ladd, stripped to the waist for a spear duel in Desert Legion. At 9 I used to go into the garden and sit down and let my mind wander in a daze over the latter.

  35. leprechaunvict says

    2 first celeb crushes as a 6 yr old kid in 1979: Albert on Little House on The Prairie (I was in LOVE with him but knew not to say anything) and (anyone my age from Ontario will know this guy) Rex on PolkaDot Door, he was so dreamy with his moustache!

  36. Dennis says

    For me it was David Cassidy on The Partridge Family. The dimples, the feathered hair …

  37. Critifur says

    I think I had feelings for all those actors and cartoons mentioned. Wasn’t it Super Friends, back then? My earliest memory of attraction was for a boy in elementery school, standing in a line. I still see in my mind’s eye the back of the neck of a boy, tanned in the FL sun, almost sparkling with blond hairs. That’s all I remember, but it was electric.

  38. diego says

    Leonardo Di caprio in Romeo & Juliette
    by that time I was prob 6 I think
    and I´m still crushing hard on him

  39. Acronym Jim says

    EddyEd, you and I had the same taste as kids. Johnny Quest and Lance Kerwin also gave me a funny feeling in my stomach, in a good way. Also Jan-Michael Vincent in Baby Blue Marine.

  40. Paul G. says

    Eric Estrada. In his CHIPS uniform, on the bike, with black leather gloves and aviator shades. Even now when I think about it…

  41. bravo says

    Oh boy, I forgot the tight jeans and hot bods on John Schneider and Tom Wopat on The Dukes of Hazard. Terrible show, best watched with volume off, but they new how to fill out a pair of jeans.

  42. Kenny C says

    Robert Conrad in those painted on pants in Wild Wild West! Oh yeah, and Race Bannon in the Johnny Quest cartoons. I just KNEW he and Dr Quest were doing it.