The actor who played the “too gay to function” character Damian in Mean Girls officially came out on Tuesday.
In the poignant letter, which was posted on a queer blog, Daniel Franseze describes his struggles with being gay and how his personal experiences compared to that of the self-assured and outspoken role he played in the iconic movie.
I was twenty-six; you were sixteen. You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. I might’ve been easier to be gay growing up.
So, what made Franseze wait 10 whole years after the success of Mean Girls to finally tell the world who he really is?
When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles – Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting.
By the way…in June I am the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the Portland Gay Pride Parade.
We go Glen Coco.
Honestly, the entire letter is worth a read.