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28 September 2011 @ 03:56 am
Sean Maher talks openly, for the first time, about his sexuality in this heartfelt interview.
Maher remembers those projects as some of his best — even though his personal life was still off-limits during that time. “Looking back, on Firefly for instance, I do wish on day one I had told them because these are some of the most amazing people who are still like family to me,” Maher says. “I am so grateful for that show because they saved me. I was so unhappy and lonely and to come to work everyday with that group was wonderful. It really was all I had at that point in my life.”


In the end, coming out publicly is what Maher feels he needed to do to tie his life together, personally and professionally. “Creatively, I feel so much more open and free, and I am so happy on The Playboy Club,” he says. “I think it’s because I’ve never been so open on set. All of the relationships that I have off-camera, I never would have allowed five years ago. It feels so liberating.”
This whole article is worth the read as it gives his personal experience with being a closeted gay actor in the business and how he came to this decision to officially come out today. But I think what got me emotional was his talk about his family, his partner and his children and those he considers family, a.k.a. the entire cast of Firefly. Just this whole thing has made me emotionally really, but in the good way because I am so, so proud of him and so happy that he's happy and finally comfortable with coming out and that this was his decision on doing so. That takes a lot of courage and I'm just so happy and proud for him. :)

Oh, and never mind that the Firefly cast, those who have Twitter anyway, have been overwhelming him with so much love and support.

Current Mood: happyhappy
noybusiness: Starbucknoybusiness on September 28th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
It's sad that the environment was such that he couldn't be comfortable coming out back then, but great that he can now.
Renée: Babydoll. Center stage.rogueslayer452 on September 29th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
It's sad that this even has to be an issue at all, but with everything I'm hoping that someday sexuality won't be considered something to hide and it's just who you are and everyone is accepting and tolerate regardless.
bitterbird on September 28th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
best cast in the history of ever!
Renée: Inara/Kaylee. <3rogueslayer452 on September 29th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Seriously. :) I love their love for one another and that they're still a huge family after all this time. ♥
rawthorne on September 28th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
It's amazing what a little sci-fi show can still do for the cast and crew and fans, so many years after it's been canceled. Love them.
Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on September 29th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I know. It's so heartwarming just seeing the kind of love and support this cast gives each other, and how they've stayed really good friends and love the fans just as much as we love them. ♥
Revyallodole on September 28th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen him in anything else but Firefly but he's so adorable. Happy for him <3
philstar22: Firefly: no power in versephilstar22 on September 28th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
He is awesome, and I love that the Firefly cast is being so supportive. It make me wish he were on a better show currently. Even the presence of Sean is not enough to make me brave Playboy Club. Ick.
M: FF Zoespankulert on September 29th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh that is so lovely to hear. So sorry he had to hide that part of him for so long, but to read that he now feels safe and happy is a joy ♥