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WATCH: Aussie Actor Harry Cook Comes Out As Gay And “Madly In Love”

On Sunday, Australian actor Harry Cook, perhaps best known as Geena Davis’s son in the Aussie coming of age dramedy Accidents Happen, came out as a gay on YouTube. Cook, 22, says he was worried about the ramifications coming out would have on his career, but having played straight all through high school he realized there was no logic to his fear. He adds that making the video was a great relief to him. Cook also reveals that he’s “madly in love” and didn’t want to go through life hiding anything. You can see Cook next in the indie drama Drown, described as a “big night out” when “jealousy, homophobic fears and unrequited lust culminate in a tragic booze-fueled episode of near-fatal bullying.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Dec 9, 2013
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  • 41 Comments
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      “Perhaps best known for…” err, nothing.
      Looks like that Tom Daley may have started a trend for people hijacking his cool move and who’ll turn coming out into a shameless self-publicity stunt.
      Wow!

      Dec 9, 2013 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • watching1
      watching1

      Good for him! I don’t care if he thinks it might be good for his career–he’s an actor, not an athlete, and it might very well NOT be good for his career. Still takes guts, and given the number of closet cases at Trevor Live last night, I’m all for young actors coming out. No matter what their personal reasons might be.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 9:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @fagburn:

      A TREND? LOL! People have been coming out of the closet a LOT longer than Tom Daley, but you know, far be it from me to take away your typical response to anything, so please, by all means, continue.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      He’s adorable… I just can’t wait to see the out pouring of love and support he will receive by his gay critics…We all know how warm and accepting gay folk are to one another…I think the accent is sexy too.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      Q at least you could have buttered us up with some posts about him beforehand like TD so when he comes out we could care a bit more.

      That aside, this might be a big deal in Australia and it shows courage because he is at the forefront of younger actors coming out.It very well could hurt his career (or force him into certain roles). Either way, at least he knows he was part of a movement and paved the way for future actors. There will be a time (hopefully) when actors will say “there WAS a time when coming out killed you’re acting career as a leading man…..”

      Dec 9, 2013 at 10:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robirob
      robirob

      Lucas Cruikshank (Fred) was one of the first who came out this year via YouTube long.

      Others in the past used print magazines like People (Lance Bass, Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris) or OUT maybe to control the general message preventing a pontentially scandalous article from getting published.

      Congrats to Harry Cook.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 10:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • orcanyc
      orcanyc

      Congratulations on your bravery.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 10:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      @fagburn: I hear what you are saying.. Many people do tend to copy and follow trends. But I think what Tom Delay did, was encourage ( not intentionally) GLBT to use social media to come out. I think the days of celebrities, A list to Z appearing on magazine covers with the announcement, (yep I’m gay) is over. And before Tom Delay, Ricky Martin came out on his website. It’s great that people can use twitter, facebook, Youtube, Myspace or any other social media to come out.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      @Tackle:

      LOL!! It’s been a week! Tom didn’t do anything. Fred, Matt Dallas, Raven Symone etc all used social media before him and countless other teens including that boy that ended up killing himself Jeremy R?

      Trying to attribute the use of social media to come out to Tom Daley, is ridiculous!!! Like I said, it’s been a week, there isn’t even enough time or pattern of subsequent people coming out, to even make a claim like that

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      PS: Jonathan Bennett…. we are waiting (not outing.. it’s already out there)

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @Rockery: But it’s the same “heartfelt” video selfie, with the same “I’m in love with a dude and I’m so happy” narrative.
      Tom could sue for plagiarism.
      And whatshisname doesn’t seem to to be a very good actor – the whole thing oozes insincerity…

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983
      sportyguy1983

      Who cares. I will never understand the need of public figures (even those on the fringe of public life like this actor) who have this overwhelming need to tell the world and their fans (as if we need to know). It is even more ridiculous when they post Youtube videos. (Narcissist much?) The only people you should be telling is your friends and family. Beyond that, who cares. Live your life like everyone else and people will eventually figure it out.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DonW
      DonW

      @sportyguy1983: But you know who cares? Scared, closeted kids in conservative communities who have no one to confide in and whose friends and family would never understand or support them. Knowing that there are more and more people — celebrities or otherwise — who are out and proud will give them the strength to carry on, and reduce the still horrible rates of depression and suicide among gay youth.

      This quote from Harvey Milk is still as true as it was in 1978:

      “Gay brothers and sisters… You must come out… break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.”

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike_goodboy
      mike_goodboy

      Congrats to Harry Cook :)

      Dec 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      Another gay mistaking coming out as a talent…..cute though…

      Dec 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall
      Niall

      Don’t know who he is and googling him doesn’t bring up much either, which means he’s not that famous, but congrats to him, wish him loads of happiness.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @sportyguy1983: said…

      “The only people you should be telling is your friends and family
      ____________________________

      Ok, so just so I understand you, it’s ok for Jennifer Anniston to tell Jay Leno who she is engaged to, but it is “Icky” if Neil Patrick Harris does it.

      Ok, got it.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      As far as being in love, Just please don’t let it be to someone twice his age who has a reputation for BB’ing young kids and throwing them out once they can grow a beard..

      Dec 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983
      sportyguy1983

      I could care less who Jennifer Anniston (or ANY public figure, whether gay or straight) is engaged to, but nice try to say I have a double standard.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefan
      Stefan

      I can’t wait until the time when coming out is no longer news. It’s already tired news–so there is progress.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mawbinatl
      mawbinatl

      @sportyguy1983: I think you misunderstood Cam, and he correct me if I am wrong, but he didn’t say that you personally have a double standard, but society as a whole does.

      It’s ok for Brad to tell the world that he’s in love with Angelina or Brittany to gush over her new beau, but heaven forbid that (and I’m just using this person as an example) Cheyenne were to announce on television who he’s dating/marrying without people twisting up their faces and saying infantile utterances such as “they can be gay, but do they have to force it down our throats?”

      I applaud this young man for coming out, by any means he chooses. It just let’s young people struggling with their sexuality know that 1) you can be happy with yourself and 2) there is a chance for you to be happy with someone you chose to love not who society chooses for you.

      I hope his career prospers because Matt Bomer plays straight (White Collar and Magic Mike), so hopefully he can as well.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      @Rockery: I’m LOL at your post. As you obviously did not read or understand what I posted.I never said that we can attribute the use of social media to come out to Tom Delay. And never implied that. However it would be ridiculous to believe that somehow, somewhere his comming out on social media is not having an impact and encouraging some GLBT people to use it as a platform to come out. And as all one has to do is go to his site and read how others thank Tom, and his comming out encouraged them to come out as well. On social media. No comming out on social media did not start with Tom Delay. Yes his comming out on it. has encouraged others ( regardless how small) to do so as web.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      @fagburn: Coming out as gay has never been a great career move, more usually a career death sentence, and is often only to wrest control from media who were about to out you.

      Considering the difficulty that Daley and Cook have had deciding to risk their livelihoods, and the renewed hope that it gives LGBT youngsters with one hand on daddy’s gun waiting for the bullet to enter their own brain, I find your comment cynical and disappointing.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimpatrick
      jimpatrick

      Congratulations! I wish you nothing but the best in the future.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @Derek Williams: If Harry Cook had anything approaching a successful acting career, you’d think he might have a Wikipedia page…

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chkar
      chkar

      Good luck for the future.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      @fagburn: Pretty snide comments coming from you, Mr anonymous “fagburn”. Not sure why you see it necessary to rain on Mr Cook’s parade.

      He is well known and very much loved in Australia http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3101039.

      I don’t have a Wikipedia page either, but I am very interested to see yours. Please feel entirely free to post a link to your credits in response.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @Derek Williams: I am not a successful actor, sorry to disappoint.

      PS I’m not raining on his parade – good luck to him, my main quibble is with gay media passing this off as big news.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      Ha. Just read my last post. Last word should be well, not web.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      @fagburn: I don’t know where you live, but if it’s anywhere other than Australia may you haven’t heard of him.

      As I said, Harry Cook is well known in Australia, so it’s big news to us (I used to live in Australia). The above video is well on its way to 40,000 hits within a couple of days.

      As for your claim to be “not raining in his parade”, I took a look at your highly offensive portrayal of him as “Harry Co*k” on your website at http://www.fagburn.com

      Pretty nasty stuff.

      When I see such mean spiritedness as yours in our own community and a complete lack of empathy of engagement with the difficulties of another human being, I really start to understand why there is homophobia in the world.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @Derek Williams: Do people often compliment you on your wonderful sense of humour, Derek?

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams
      Derek Williams

      @fagburn: You’re the first.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      @Derek Williams: Haha! x

      Dec 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tricky ricky
      tricky ricky

      @fagburn: then tom daley stole it from that kid that does the fred show & marvin marvin

      Dec 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samwise343
      samwise343

      @fagburn: Awww, fagburn, you sound jealous. When coming out, Harry had youtube and you had the telegraph.

      Dec 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiChi Man
      ChiChi Man

      Reading the many tiresome posts on this thread is further proof that many of you are miserable nutcases who have to bitch and moan about something to justify your pointless existences.

      Thank god the future belongs to people like Mr. Cook who will inspire other young people to come out and to make change.

      Ask yourselves: who have you inspired lately?

      Dec 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      Harry Cook is no longer himself in my opinion. Once an actor comes out, he becomes the property of the gay community. The gay community owns him now.

      If you want to know what happens to those who become the property of the gay community, look no further than George Michael or Ricki Martin. The only way is down in my view.

      Dec 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveurmale
      viveurmale

      Congrats Harry, cause it is not an easy decision just to come out. Wish you all the best of luck!! And by the way, you are so cute!! hugs from beautiful Greece.

      Dec 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PeterCee
      PeterCee

      @jimbryant: Horseshit!

      Dec 13, 2013 at 5:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @fagburn: LGBT people have enough to worry about with coming out without people like you adding to the negative bullcrap associated with it. Why do you do things like this? Because gay media annoys you? Are you passionate about nothing else?

      Dec 31, 2013 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bmwblonde
      bmwblonde

      @Fagburn: you are a cynical troll. I bet you’re 23 (or mentally, 12) — whatever — YOU are simply WAY too terminally immature to see the difference between sincerity and a “publicity stunt.” If you’re THIS jaded now, you’ll be a bitter old fag before you know it. Blink. Just what you deserve too.

      @Harry Cook: My husband (74) and I (67) have lived through ALL of it — from total, horrendous “Normal” homophobia, to NOW. We’re SO glad you’re alive and young NOW, so you can do what you’ve done, be a role model for other (more scared) youngsters — and enjoy the New World. Don’t listen to morons and trolls here. They don’t have a life. You do. Hip hip hooray.

      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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