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.
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.”
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.”
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.”