Teen Wolf‘s Colton Haynes: 2 Years After Those Man-On-Man Kissing Photos

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On June 5, MTV will debut its new series Teen Wolf, about a teenager who is also a wolf. He transforms when his blood gets racing. It stars Colton Haynes, formerly of ABC’s short-lived The Gates, and the guy who a couple years back had a whole cache of photos released online showing him making out with another dude.

The year was 2009, and at the time we wondered aloud if those photos would have an impact on Haynes’ career. It seems not. Though Haynes was supposedly denied the gig of Twilight‘s Edward Cullen (which went to Robert Pattinson), he’s enjoyed some bit parts (CSI, Melrose Place) before landing on The Gates, which was canceled in September after a single season. But now here he is playing lacrosse team captain Jackson Whittemore on Teen Wolf, which isn’t guaranteed to be a success, and we’ve seen MTV struggling with its scripted series. But throwing tweens and teens another sexually-fueled paranormal drama seems like a decent enough decision. (And the whole idea of an handsome young man biting a high school teen is, well, good enough for the gay bois.)

It also means Haynes, whose Teen Wolf character appears to be a testosterone-heavy rage machine, will be the focus of half-page interviews in Teen Vogue, Oh No They Didn’t posts, and the eventual Details photo spread. (He’s already making the B-list party circuit rounds.) Inevitably, there will be the requisite questions — or rumormongering — about his sexuality. So let’s get this out of the way: Haynes is a gay actor, he doesn’t talk publicly about it, and that’s that.

“I don’t really pay attention to the rumors cause at the end of the day, that’s exactly what they are,” Haynes says in an interview without specifying which rumors he’s talking about. “Anyone can go online and write anything they want about people they don’t even know and most of the time, that is fueled by hate. The sad part is that people actually believe what they read online. A lot of people are more interested in wondering if Beyonce is pregnant or who Taylor Swift is dating instead of recognizing them for their hard work and talent. It sucks. Work is work and what I’ve done thus far has gotten me to where I am today and I’m thankful for that.”

Oh Colton. We don’t write about you out of hate. We write about you out of lust. And the hope that, just maybe, Teen Wolf will be a hit, you’ll be a big Taylor Lautner-sized star, and someday you’ll show gay kids out there they too can grow up and be as handsome successful as you. Just please, don’t do the beard thing. It’s beneath you.

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UPDATE: While it won’t be Haynes, Teen Wolf will feature a gay character named Danny, played by Keahu Kahuanui.