Rugby great Ian Roberts takes first gay role in ’Saltwater’
In 1995, Australian rugby player Ian Roberts did something unheard of in professional sports: he came out, making him the first high-profile Australian sports professional to do so. Three years later, he made a career shift, putting rugby behind for acting and modeling.
His post-rugby career has found him in a number of films (the 2005 Australian drama "Little Fish," "Superman Returns") and television shows (The Australian version of "Dancing with the Stars," and the crime series "Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities"); but with his upcoming role in "Saltwater" he takes on his first leading role in a film playing a gay character. In the film, he co-stars with the writer and producer Ronnie Kerr ("Shut Up and Kiss Me," "Regarding Billy").
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.