Jonathan groff, known for his roles on Broadway and Fox Hit sitcom Glee is encouraging his fellow actors still in the closet to come out. The actor recently discussed that his decison to be openly gay has not affected his career.
Groff, who is reported to be in a relationship with and activist Zachary Quinto diviluged his sexuality in 2009. In a recent interview in Out Magazine, Groff discusses his own personal experience and states:“I sort of always knew, in the back of my mind, that when the moment arrived for me to come out, I would.”I wasn’t yanked out of the closet [but] when I came out, people said it may have a negative effect on my career, and that’s definitely something I thought about before I did it,”
The actor noes that when he came out he didn’t experience a detriment to his career and mentioned “When I came out, people said it may have a negative effect on my career, and that’s definitely something I thought about before I did it. But I don’t hold that belief. I just go on my auditions and plug away as I normally would. At the end of my career, I can look back and ask, ‘Well, did it, or didn’t it?’ But at the moment, I just have to move forward and hope that people will follow my actions.”
There has been an evolution recently in how closeted actors come out about to announce their sexuality. His boyfriend, Zachary Quinto came ont in one of thew most nonchalant ways last years by csually mentioning it in a interview for New York Magazine last year. Actor Matt Bomer did the sdame thing this year by thanking his partner and their children at a Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards event.
A few months ago The New York Times discussed how instead of the former and outdated method of going through a publicist and making a huge announcement has phased out. The wasy that this earnest and humble announcement like Jim Parsons from CBS Geek Hit The Big Bang Theory in a non-eventual way (AS IT SHOULD BE).
I for one will be elated when an actor, or anyone else, won’t have to come out . BUT i appreciate Jonathan telling us his own personal experience as hopefully it will encourage those still in the closet and discuss their sexuality openly without fear that it’ll affect job opportunities. Be gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, questioning, curious or any other variant, just be proud of who you are.