It’s been over a year since actor Charlie Carver came out as gay. Now he’s opening up about how his late father was a gay man as well.
“I didn’t wanna be like him,” Carver told Attitude, speaking to the initial resentment he felt when his father came out to him at the age of 12.
“In the way that sons and fathers can have beef regardless of [sexual] orientation, it was just something where I wanted to be able to define myself, set my own rules, and I felt like I had all of a sudden someone who I was gonna be forced to become, and I didn’t wanna be like him,” said the Teen Wolf star.
But his dad’s openness did eventually help the actor accept his own gay identity.
“I think he taught me, in the way that he lived his life, that your sexuality doesn’t define you.”
“It’s an important part of who you are, but he had such a rich life… And I think because I was frustrated by what I would call some of his own internalized shame, that it almost became this challenge to really get to the bottom of that quickly, for me.”
Added Carver: “It kind of propelled me into being louder and brasher and more experimental… I think that hurt his feelings sometimes, but I think he was also grateful.”