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HBO’s gay-themed series ‘Looking’ adds ‘Mean Girls’ star Daniel Franzese

 Actor Daniel Franzese attends a Gen Art screening of 'Dirty Girl' at Mann Chinese 6 on October 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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The second season of the HBO gay-themed comedy-drama series has added actor Daniel Franzese to the cast. According to an exclusive report by the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, the ‘Mean Girls’ star has been casted to appear in a multi-episode arc.

The series, created by Michael Lannan, follows a group of gay friends living in San Francisco. Franzese will play the role of Eddie, a new love interest who works in the San Francisco nonprofit community. He joins a cast that includes Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie Alvarez, Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey and Raul Castillo.

Although Franzese played a gay character in “Mean Girls,” this will be his first gay role since coming out as gay back in April. In a touching coming out letter, Franzese revealed his sexuality by writing to his “Mean Girls” character Damian.

He wrote, “You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. It might’ve been easier to be gay growing up. You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down.”

He went on to explain the effects playing the character had on his career as he was denied “Masculine” roles. He continued, “Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you. I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay.”

Franzese admitted in the letter that he was living in fear because of how being gay would be perceived in Hollywood, but through the character of Damian he learned to love himself and most importantly became “not afraid anymore” to be himself. “Looking” is currently filming for its second season in San Francisco.

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