Actor Zachary Quinto, best known for his role as villain Sylar in “Heroes”, has finally decided to come out of the closet, admitting he is a “gay man” in a new interview for the New York Magazine.
The 34 year-old, who recently portrayed Louis Ironson in a revival of “Angels in America” in New York, revealed the experience was both challenging and rewarding, but was also some sort of epiphany for him.
Zachary finally talked about his sexuality, referring to himself as a “gay man” playing a man who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend on stage for more than eight months.
“‘Angels in America’ was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding.”
“At the same time,” Zachary said, “as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there are still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”
As an outspoken supporter of The Trevor Project (non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning [LGBTQ] youth), Zachary was asked about the legalization of gay marriage and the shocking suicide of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.
“There’s a hopelessness that surrounds it. Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?” Zachary says. “We’re terrified of facing ourselves.”
Hopefully, Zachary, who played several gay roles (including roles in “So NoTORIous” and “American Horror Story”), might become an inspiration for many gay teens, struggling to come out to their friends, parents and the world. It really gets better.
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