A year after coming out to his friends, Scott Scott, an actor, writer and actor, says that he was one of the first people to recognise his sexual orientation and has since had many close friends come out.
Speaking to the ABC, Scott said that as a boy, he had felt as if everyone else was gay, but that he’d never been able to understand it until he came out in the middle of the night.
“When you’re young, you don’t really realise how big of a deal it is, and that’s when you started really going through the process of coming out,” he said.
“I thought that I was just the other guy in the world.”
Scott’s father was the only person he knew who was gay.
“At one point, it was all I could think about, and I was trying to think of ways I could be a better dad, but I was really ashamed and it just kind of built up in me,” he recalled.
Scott says he had no idea what he was talking about when he told his parents he was an actor.
“My parents were shocked and confused,” he says.
Scott has since come out to many close and supportive friends, including actors Matt Damon, John Goodman, David Oyelowo and Adam Driver. “
They just told me I was a gay man, and they told me to keep quiet about it.”
Scott has since come out to many close and supportive friends, including actors Matt Damon, John Goodman, David Oyelowo and Adam Driver.
Scott has also made a series of appearances in the US, appearing as himself at a Pride parade in New York last month and in an episode of his comedy series The Scott Scott Show.
“It was like being part of a family, and you could see it on the faces of everyone around you,” he told The ABC.
“The last time I was in the company of another person I was walking around with a smile on my face and you can’t explain that.”
Scott says that despite his many close relationships, he has never had any sexual feelings towards anyone.
“There’s no way in the hell I’ve ever thought that anyone would ever ask me out on a date,” he explained.
“That was never in my head.
I didn’t have a boyfriend.
That’s not what I was thinking.”
Scott, who recently released a memoir about his journey, says he now wants to share his story with as many people as possible.
“This is the first time I’ve had a story that’s been told,” he added.
“People can see how much I’ve worked on myself over the years, and it’s so much bigger than just my career.”
Watch Scott’s interview with the ABC below.