As a star on NBC's hit series Will and Grace, Sean Hayes was playing gay long before he came out publicly. Now he's playing a single gay father on NBC's new fall series Sean Saves The World, and says he hopes it will help further LGBT visibility on television in a new way, though he insists it isn’t the primary goal of the show.
He recently opened up about the personal battles he fought with being a closeted actor in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“I was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn't want the responsibility, I didn't know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don't stop to think about what's going on in somebody's personal life, and the struggles that they're having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.”
Referring to his new series, he adds: “I haven't seen this particular single father/gay parent on television. I want to make people laugh first, and that's it. If a byproduct of that is enlightening somebody to something they wouldn't otherwise have been exposed to, then great, but that's certainly not the agenda or the intent of the show.”