Jordan Gavaris, star of the hit series “Orphan Black”, came out as gay in an interview with Vulture, published Wednesday. For the actor, however, he’s surprised it’s even a topic of discussion.
“Nobody ever asks me [about my sexuality]. I’ve never been asked,” said Gavaris. “Like, the whole course of the series.”
The 27-year-old Canadian actor, who plays the gay character Felix Dawkins on the show, was very comfortable revealing his sexual orientation in the interview.
“I had this position when I started on the show that it shouldn’t matter. And I believe that,” Gavaris said. “I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race — that we can just act and we can exist in this zeitgeist, telling stories about one another.”
Gavaris’s sexuality was never a secret, though. “I came out at 19, and my family knew I had been out in the industry always,” he said. “I have never hidden anything.”
Still, coming out is never easy. Even coming out to his family was “scary.”
“My mom and dad are wonderful. We grew up non-religious. We grew up just outside of Toronto, right on the cusp of this suburban pocket, Brampton. I knew gay kids in school,” Gavaris said. ” I didn’t fear I was going to be kicked out of the house. I didn’t worry about strange questions. It was emotional and awkward… It’s a vulnerable thing to confess this to your parents.”
Gavaris is also seeing someone, and thankfully his parents approve. “They love Devon [Graye], my partner,” he said.
“We actually kind of met on Twitter,” Gavaris admitted. “I wrote him some cheesy line over Twitter. Thank god he found it funny because he wrote me back and we started messaging.”
“Orphan Black” has been applauded for its representation of strong LGBTQ characters, and its stars, including Gavaris, have embraced that in a big way, both on the show and in public.
At Comic-Con in 2013, responding to accusations that his “Orphan Black” character could be seen as a flamboyant gay stereotype, Gavaris told the audience, “I don’t know when in society and film that it became okay to only represent gay people in, like, the traditional sense where they have a great job and well-adjusted parents and maybe a surrogate or adopted child — when was [it decided that was] the only way you could represent gay people?”