Daniel Franzese Comes Out in Letter to his "Mean Girls" Character
His role as an openly gay teen in the hit "Mean Girls" brought him much attention, and now Daniel Franzese revealed that he is also gay in an open letter to his character in the film, Damian.
Published on Indiewire, the letter touches on the actor's feelings about playing the role, as well as why he waited so long to come out.
He writes, in part, “You became an iconic character that people looked up to.I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. It might’ve been easier to be gay growing up. You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down.”
“There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for ‘masculine’ roles. Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you,” he wrote. “I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay. I even brought a girl to the ‘Mean Girls’ premiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard.”
On his decision to come out, Daniel wrote “Perhaps this will help someone else. I had to remind myself that my parents named me Daniel because it means ‘God is my judge.’ So, I’m not afraid anymore of Hollywood, the closet or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian. (And Tina.)”