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‘Sense8’ Actor Brian J. Smith Came Out

Brian J. Smith, the actor known for his role in ‘Sense8’ came out.

The Tony-nominated 38-year-old said he faced hardships while growing up in Texas. 

“I was terrified. At school I really couldn’t fit in anywhere. I wasn’t a jock or a nerd,” he told ‘Attitude’ magazine. “Forget about any [LGBTQ+] union or groups. There was absolutely nothing. I was completely alone. I heard all the names: p—-, f—–.”

“I could never be who I was,” he added. “I was constantly having to check myself and make sure I wasn’t looking at someone too long or making someone feel uncomfortable.”

“I had to be very, very careful about telling people the truth about myself. It still reverberates. A lot of my work is about that. The things that move me as an actor are those echoes that come up.”

He also talked about how accepting his family was when he came out to them when he was 30. 

“I was surprised. When I came out to my parents they were wonderful. They said they were just waiting for me to say something. They were a lot more advanced than I gave them credit for.

“I think that’s when I became OK with it, too. Just in terms of being, ‘Oh that’s the world, it’s not as dangerous as I thought it was’.”

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