Sense 8’s Sexy Star Brian J. Smith Talks Growing Up Scared & Coming Out in His Texas Hometown

Happy Coming Out Day to Brian J. Smith, star of Sense8, not to mention two television shows that (I believe) are currently airing — Treadstone and World on Fire.

He’s on the cover of Attitude magazine’s new issue and talks about The Whole Gay Thing in the story.


According to Attitude, The star of Sense8, BBC One’s World on Fire and US Jason Bourne spin-off series Treadstone gives his most candid and personal interview to date as he reflects on growing up in the closet in suburban Texas in the 1980s.

“I heard all the names: pussy, faggot. “I could never be who I was. I was constantly having to check myself and make sure I wasn’t looking at someone too long or making someone feel uncomfortable.


“I had to be very, very careful about telling people the truth about myself.”


After finding a vital outlet for self-expression in acting, Brian, who landed his breakout role playing police officer Will Gorski in Netflix’s Sense8 in 2015, recalls how his family were overwhelmingly supportive when he eventually came out to them at the age of 30.


“I was surprised. When I came out to my parents they were wonderful. They said they were just waiting for me to say something”, he says.

I saw him on the train one morning.


And I’m going to pretend that it was seeing me on the subway (above) a few weeks ago in all my Gay Glory that finally pushed him over the edge —I have that effect on people.

Pushing them over the edge, I mean.

This story originally appeared on My New Plaid Pants. Read the full story here.


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