'The Leftovers,' 'Teen Wolf' Actor Comes Out as Gay

Tuesday January 12, 2016

In a series of posts on Instagram, Charlie Carver, best known for his roles on MTV's "Teen Wolf" and HBO's "The Leftovers," came out as gay, saying he's never "really ever been in" the closet.

In one of his Instagram posts Monday, Carver, 27, posted a picture of a sign with the quote "Be who you needed when you were younger."

"As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things!" Carver wrote to his 754,000 followers. "It was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade. Over time, this abstract 'knowing' grew...ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: 'I am gay.'"

Carver added his relationship with his sexuality became "more complicated" when he started acting.

"At nineteen, I started working in Hollywood. It was a dream come true," he continued. "Coupled with the overwhelming sense of excitement was an equally overwhelming feeling of dread-- I would 'have to' bisect myself into two halves, a public and private persona, the former vigilantly monitored, censored, and sterilized of anything that could reveal how I self-identified in the latter."

He also said he was worried about coming out would impact the roles he would be given, adding, "I hadn't really ever been in."

"I tried to live as authentically as I've known how to, as a gay guy, since that concept became available to me, only once or twice intentionally dodging the ever ill-timed question with the subtext that might have as well read 'ARE YOU GAY???'" he wrote. "I've lived 'out,' not feeling the need to announce so. I was comfortably out in my private life. And for a time, that was enough."

He continued: "Let the record show this-- I self-identify as gay. Does that really matter anymore? As a young man, I needed a young man in Hollywood to say that -- and without being a dick about it, I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger."

Carver played Ethan on "Teen Wolf" along with his twin brother Max Carver, who played Aiden. The twins also appeared on the first season of "The Leftovers."

In his posts on Instagram, Carver also commented on his brother, writing, "And let the record show my twin brother is just as cool for being straight."

[H/T Entertainment Tonight]