Sean Maher comes out of the closet
American actor Sean Maher, best known for his roles in ‘Party of Five’, ‘Firefly’, and his current series ‘The Playboy Club‘ has publicly revealed he is gay after keeping his sexuality a secret for so many years.
Maher has worked steadily in Hollywood for 14 years, and during that time, he made the choice to be closeted about his personal life as a gay man — until now.
For the first time, Maher opens up about his sexuality in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I was nervous coming here today because I’ve just never talked about it,” Maher says, while sitting down to chat at Little Dom’s Italian bistro in Los Angeles’ trendy Los Feliz neighborhood, the area where the actor lives with Paul, his partner of nearly nine years, and their two children, Sophia Rose, 4, and Liam Xavier, 14 months. “But, it’s so liberating. It was interesting to be coming to have a conversation that I was always afraid to have.” Despite his trepidation, he adds with a big smile: “This is my coming out ball. I’ve been dying to do this.”
“I’ve never discussed it publicly,” the actor continues. “I’ve never been asked about it publicly, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t paint a different picture.” Maher says that not coming out wasn’t so much a choice as much as it was a reality of the business when he first came to L.A. fresh out of college back in 1997. Publicists working with him during his first Tinseltown role as the title character on Fox’s short-lived cop drama “Ryan Caulfield: Year One” assumed he was straight — and he didn’t tell them otherwise, out of fear.
Maher said his agent told him to keep his sexuality quiet and try dating women.
“I’m 22, I move to L.A., and it’s such a cliché, but the day I arrive, publicists from the show took me out to The Ivy for lunch,” he remembers. “They’re telling me, ‘You know, gosh, we’d really appreciate it if you could keep your girlfriend on the side because we want to appeal to the female demographic of the show.'”