Charlie Carver is gay
Charlie Carver has revealed he is gay.
The 'Leftovers' actor discussed his sexuality in a lengthy essay on Instagram which he split into five parts with a photo of an inspirational quote, "Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger."
The 27-year-old actor recalled how he felt different from his peers at school.
He wrote: "As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things... 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 and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: 'I am gay.'"
The 'Teen Wolf' actor came out to his friends and family knowing he was in a safe space, but found things more complicated when it came to his career.
He explained: "I did not want to be defined by my sexuality.
"Sure, I am a proud gay man, but I don't identify as a Gay man, or a GAY man, or just gay.
"I identify as a lot of things, these various identifications and identities taking up equal space and making up an ever-fluid sense of Self....
"As an actor, I believed that my responsibility to the craft and the business was to remain benevolently neutral - I was a canvas, a chameleon, the next character. For the most part I had a duty to stay a Possibility in the eye of casting, directors, and the public.
"If I Came Out, I feared I would be limiting myself to a type, to a perception with limits that I was not professionally comfortable with."
But now, Charlie feels "excited" to be himself and help others discover their true identities.
He concluded: "So now, let the record show this - I self-identify as gay... I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger. And let the record show my twin brother is just as cool for being straight."