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David Hyde Pierce on coming out: ‘I wouldn’t presume to tell people that they should, when they should’

David Hyde Pierce on coming out: ‘I wouldn’t presume to tell people that they should, when they should’

He famously came out in 2007 after many years in the public eye – but iconic actor David Hyde Pierce has said he wouldn’t presume to tell a closeted gay actor to follow his lead.

‘It happens different ways for different people – so I wouldn’t presume to tell people that they should, when they should,’ the former Frasier actor told Gay Star News at the Broadway Inbound stand at this year’s IPW in Orlando.

The director of the hit Broadway show It Shoulda Been You, continued: ‘One of the issues that is dealt with in the show is the issue of trying to be who you think people think you should be.’

He added: ‘I’m just glad we’re living in a world where more and more people are being accepted for who they are and are discovering who they are – that is the great privilege of life. That message resonates in our show. There are gay characters in it, but it’s an issue that transcends sexuality. It’s about identity in its broadest sense.’

The 56-year-old, whose husband Brian Hargrove created the book and lyrics for the show, also opened up on the experience of mixing the personal with the professional.

‘We’ve been together for a long time – 32 years – and we’ve been in this business the same amount of time; we’ve worked together as actors,’ he said. ‘It’s been a long collaboration, both in our personal life and professional life, so it was a pretty smooth transition. We had a great time and we’re very proud of [the show].’

Dismissing the idea of a stage version of the show that catapulted him to stardom (‘No – I like Frasier just the way it was’), the deadpan comedian added that his second favorite musical – after his own – is Cabaret.

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