AMERICAN actor Charlie Carver has no regrets about coming out as gay to his fans, calling the decision the best professional choice he’s made in his life.
The Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf star was named Attitude Magazine’s Bachelor of the Year in association with Blued, on Thursday night, an honour that he jokingly put down to his US accent.
Charlie Carver has no regrets about coming out as gay to his fans, calling the decision the best professional choice he’s made in his life[/caption]
Since sharing a series of heartfelt Instagram posts with his fans last January in which he revealed his sexuality, Charlie said he’s had nothing but support.
Speaking to The Sun Online, he explained: “It’s been overwhelmingly positive. It’s the best decision I’ve made on a professional level, and I feel I get to move forward with my career with not only more integrity but a sense of purpose.
“I wasn’t not out to my friends and family, and living in Los Angeles I was very much open with who I was. That decision to carry it out to the public, it’s given me something to engage with and participate in a larger conversation and add some visibility to the LGBT community.”
The Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf star was named Attitude Magazine’s Bachelor of the Year on Thursday night[/caption]
Charlie’s father Robert came out as a gay when Charlie and his identical twin brother Max were 12, and it was with his dad that he first discussed his sexuality.
When the actor was 17, he said he had a “casual conversation” with Robert and admits he thinks his dad always knew he was gay.
That chat was followed by a more “deliberate conversation” with other members of his family.
He said: “I’m lucky to have been born into an accepting and modern family.
“I’m not a fan of the words “coming out”, because it implies that one can’t just be as one is and that one has to ask for acceptance from other people.
“But it’s also one of the coolest things you can say… this is who I am as a human being.”
Charlie’s big acting break came when he and Max were cast as twins Porter and Preston Scavo in Desperate Housewives in 2008.
He appeared in 62 episodes and is grateful for the opportunity and experience the hit programme has given him.
“Looking back, I was so lucky I got plucked off the street. My first job ever was Desperate Housewives, so to drive everyday through the gates on to that magical Universal Studios back lot where you’ve got Wysteria Lane (the street on which Desperate Housewives was set), and when you’ve got such incredible actors such as Felicity Huffman and Eva (Longoria) and a show that became a classic, it was overwhelming to be on such an iconic show.
“There was a lot of pressure, but I couldn’t have been surrounded by a group of more supportive people.”
He and Max then went on to star as twin werewolves in the third series of Teen Wolf and Charlie described the cast as “a band of brother and sisters.”
Charlie has never fallen into the darker trappings of Hollywood as some other young stars before him have, and for that he thanks his brother and education.
He said: “My father was a professor so education was always very important. All throughout Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf I was in university doing that part time.
“I distracted myself well from the darker elements of Hollywood.
“I’m incredibly lucky to have a twin brother in this business because not only does he know me like the back of his hand but he’s had the same journey through Hollywood that I have.
“To know somebody is experiencing what you are experiencing, you don’t feel as lonely and overwhelmed by it all.”
Charlie is currently single and enjoying life but said he would never pass up the opportunity if love presented itself.
He has just wrapped a couple of projects that he’s contractually obliged not to talk about, but he says he’s excited by the future.
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