Grey’s Anatomy’s T.R. Knight: I Wasn’t Brave For Coming Out 10 Years Ago
T.R. Knight
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T.R. Knight

Grey’s Anatomy’s T.R. Knight: I Wasn’t Brave For Coming Out 10 Years Ago


T.R. Knight came out publicly 10 years ago this year amid the biggest scandal in Grey's Anatomy history — when Isaiah Washington referred to him with a homophobic slur during an argument with Patrick Dempsey.

But he doesn’t think his coming out was brave, he says now.

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After the press learned of Isaiah and Patrick’s October 2006 altercation and the f-word reportedly deployed therein, T.R. confirmed his sexuality in an exclusive statement to People.

“I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I’d like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there,” he said. “While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I’m gay isn't the most interesting part of me.”

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In a new interview on SiriusXM Progress, though, the 42-year-old doesn’t think that act was necessarily courageous:

“I hear [the word brave] and, with all due respect, it’s hard for me to hear that because it was just…  I had to do what I had to do for me. To me it was — that decision was pretty clear.”

George O’Malley’s portrayer left the show in Season 5, but he’s still steadily employed — starring in the Hulu show 11.22.63 and the ABC drama pilot Broken just this year, for example.

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And luckily, he doesn’t know if his sexuality has ever affected his career prospects, perhaps because he doesn’t have “movie-star looks,” as he says.

“Without sounding Pollyanna, I have never been told if [homophobia has [prevented me from being cast],” he says. “So I have no idea if it has. Also … I do think it’s different for character actors.”

He continues: “I think we’ve got maybe a little farther way to go, but I think things are [also] changing for people who maybe, like, you know, happen to be molded and have very movie-star looks. I think the more people come out, [the more it] changes it. Every single time somebody comes out, it changes, I feel.”