Former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes tells Playbill he wishes he had come out publicly during the run of the hit TV series.
“I got Will & Grace, and I thought, ‘Oh, this is different. I don’t know how to handle this. I’m not bright enough, I’m not quick enough, I don’t have the DNA to be a spokesperson for any kind of group of people.’”
“I had personal issues inside of myself that I regret.
“I regret not coming out sooner and helping more people, and I regret not coming out during the show.
"Everybody in the gay community knew I was gay, but it was this fight I had with the press because they want you to come out on their terms, and other gay people want you to come out on their terms, and if you don’t come out on their terms you’re just an asshole, and you’re wrong. Well, each individual human being has a lot of stuff that nobody knows about.
"Nobody knows what anybody else is going through at any point in their lives.”
Hayes eventually came out in 2010, four years after the end of Will & Grace.
He married his partner, Scott Icenogle, in 2014, and is currently starring on Broadway in the play An Act of God.