HBO‘s Teen Wolf actor Charlie Carver, who now co-stars on HBO’s The Leftovers with his twin brother Max, came out on Instagram yesterday in several posts speaking about his struggle to separate his professional from his personal life.

“I feared I would be limiting myself to a type, to a perception with limits that I was not professionally comfortable with,” Carver said. “And I created in my imagination an Industry that was just as rigid in this belief as well.”
The Desperate Housewives actor went on to say, “After having the privilege of playing a range of characters, gay, straight and otherwise, I realize this is not the case.”

Carver said that he knew that he was gay since he was 12 years old and that in his home, he grew up “in a family where [his] orientation was celebrated.”

“I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world. So now, let the record show this — I self-identify as gay … I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger.”