While Hollywood actors are under no obligation to come out of the closet, we’ve always found it unseemly when closeted stars take gay roles. So we tip our hat to Sean Maher, who plays a closeted married man on NBC’s The Playboy Club: He just came out in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I’ve just never talked about it… but it’s so liberating. It was interesting to be coming to have a conversation that I was always afraid to have. This is my coming out ball. I’ve been dying to do this.”
Maher, 36, tells the magazine he’s been in a relationship with Paul, his partner, for nearly nine years and the couple have two children, Sophia, 4, and Liam, 14 months. Though he never explicitly lied about his sexuality Maher, who previously co-starred on the sci-fi series Firefly and had roles on Party of Five, CSI: Miami and Human Target, admits he dodged questions and remained secretive to protect his career.
“It was so exhausting, and I was so miserable,” Maher says. “I didn’t really have any life other than work and this façade I was putting on. So I kept my friends from college [where he was out] separate from my work friends, and that was very confusing. I just kept going on and on painting this picture of somebody I wasn’t. I didn’t have time for a personal relationship anyway. And you just don’t realize that it’s eating away at your soul.”
Welcome aboard, Sean—where do we send the present?
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