All over the gay blogosphere today report after report was posted about the coming out of Heroes Vilain and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto’s coming out. In an interview he casually dropped in a couple of references to being a gay man and how he’d been inspired by the suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer to come out and be honest and hopefully set a good example.
A lot of actors in Hollywood are too afraid to come out for fear of losing roles and people not believing them as straight characters. It’s funny how prejudices can still pervade even in an industry built on suspending disbelief. Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal as a serial killer but I doubt she has ever killed anyone in real life. Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Wolfe in The Hours but I seriously doubt she’d ever leave the house if she had a nose like that of her character. Neil Patrick Harris very convincingly plays suited up casanova/sleaze Barney in How I Met Your Mother but I’m sure his partner David would attest he’s not out hitting on woman all the time.
Congratulations Zachary on the elegance and style with which you’ve handled your coming out, the reasons behind it and I wish you all the success in your career.