‘Nashville’ hunk Chris Carmack, who plays a closeted country music star on the ABC series, talked with Out.com about whether the show mirrors real life when it comes to his character’s fear that coming out would destroy his career prospects.

In Season 1, Carmack’s in-the-closet country singer character Will Lexington kissed his obviously straight friend Gunner. Now, he’s getting bumped up to a series regular for Season 2 of the country drama — all the better to explore his struggle with his sexual identity in a world that holds a heavy stigma with being gay.

“People I’ve spoken to say that at a certain level it’d be career suicide for somebody to come out of the closet in the Nashville music business,” Carmack tells Out.com. “That’s a terrible kind of fame. I don’t think executives would give Will the time of day. That’s a damn shame, but in country music there’s a stigma that’s insurmountable.”

Carmack is probably right in the short and medium term, but not in the long term. All-American Boy’s Steve Grand comes to mind, but then again Grand’s not really country singer.

He’s 32.

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'Nashville' hunk Chris Carmack, who plays a closeted country music star on the ABC series, talked with Out.com about whether the show mirrors real life when it comes to his character’s fear that coming out would destroy his career prospects. In Season 1, Carmack's in-the-closet country singer character Will...