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Daniel Franzese comes out: 'Mean Girls' actor comes out as gay

Daniel Franzese
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Daniel Franzese comes out as gay in a pretty unique way. The "Mean Girls" actor penned a letter to his "Mean Girls" character, Damian -- a gay teenager. According to IndieWire, Franzese used his "Mean Girls" character to express his sexuality and to explain why he waited so long to come out. In part, Franzese said that he felt that being gay would prohibit him from getting some amazing roles in films.

"When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles - Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a 'gay glass ceiling' in casting," Franzese wrote.

Though Daniel Franzese came out in such a unique way, there are plenty of people who are sort of annoyed. For those people, Franzese's sexuality was never a question -- perhaps because he played Damian too well. Even still, it was something that Franzese felt that he needed to do and he did it in a way that made him feel good about it.

Celebrities who are gay often come out in ways that you wouldn't necessarily expect and believe it or not, there is usually a lot of though behind how someone in the public eye should make such an announcement. For Franzese, it was tasteful.

Are you surprised that Daniel Franzese came out? Did you think he was gay since "Mean Girls"? You can read the full letter that he wrote here.

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