Canadian sci-fi series Orphan Black has been a fave in the LGBT community since it premiered in 2013. But it’s only now, as the show enters its fifth and final season that star Jordan Gavaris has felt comfortable coming out.
“Nobody ever asks me. I’ve never been asked. Like, the whole course of the series,” Gavaris told Vulture, admitting it wasn’t something he was jumping up and down to
talk about. “This is a tricky thing to say and I’ve never actually said it out loud before, but I do believe that jobs will be lost and I do believe jobs will be gained. Maybe not even for the right reasons.”
On the show, the Ontario-born actor plays Felix Dawkins, the flamboyant foster brother and sidekick to Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany), who discovers she’s been cloned numerous times by a secret scientific organization.
Gavaris has been out to his family since he was 19, but at 27, with Orphan Black wrapping up, the time was right to talk about it more publicly.
“Maybe I wouldn’t have the same impact as someone like Colton Haynes or Gus Kenworthy or something,” he says. “But even one person who feels more comfortable, who sees themselves represented in some way—that just started to be more important than protecting myself.”
At the same time, he hopes we get to a point where people stop being so concerned with who everyone’s sleeping with.
“I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race—that we can just act and we can exist in this zeitgeist, telling stories about one another… That no one’s really hyper-obsessed with knowing whether or not someone’s gay. That would be an amazing world to live in, where people don’t feel the need to protect themselves and other people don’t feel the need to launch an inquisition.”
Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 9/8c on BBC America.