The American actor reflects on his decision to announce his sexuality on social media last January.
Charlie Carver explained that he was at a point in his life where he felt like he was ready to “take on that conversation” with the wider public, 10 years after he came out to his family.
“I’ve always been proud of who I am — I came out to my family when I was 17 — but the movie, that process did awaken something in me,” Charlie told ET about the making of his latest movie I Am Michael.
Starring Zachary Quinto and James Franco, the film is based on the true story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor.
After filming the movie, Charlie decided the time was right for the rest of the world to know his sexual orientation.
“For me, I wanted to feel I was in a place where I could work comfortably and where I felt like I had something to say,” Charlie said.
“Part of my decision to come out was because I was ready to take on that conversation in a more public forum.”
The actor also admitted that now he has come out, he’s more mindful about the roles he accepts.
“One thing I warned myself to do is never to be afraid to take another gay part, especially a well-written one,” he added.
“I just think, How can I create? How can I have the career I want, but also, how can I contribute to expanding the narrative available to LGBT people and the narrative for people to see?
“I think there are a lot of stories that happen to include LGBT voices that aren’t told.”
I Am Michael is available through video on demand now.