Decades after playing the villainous and homophobic Adam Carrington on the 80s soap opera Dynasty, Gordon Thomson has come out as gay for the first time.
‘It’s very nice to be as candid as I have been, believe me,’ Thomson, 72, told the Daily Beast.
The Canadian actor is primarily known for his role as Carrington. However, he appeared on several other daytime soaps, including The Young and the Restless and Passions. He also guest starred on series like The Love Boat, The Nanny, and Murder She Wrote.
While fans have speculated about Thomson’s sexuality, time was a big part of why he didn’t come out earlier.
‘When I was growing up it [homosexuality] was a crime, and then classified as a mental illness,’ he explained.
‘It was not until Pierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada when I was 23, 24 years old, did it cease being a crime, and it was not until I was nearly 30 that it stopped being classified as a mental illness in the U.S. So you’re dealing with that. And the shame, the breathtaking lack of self-esteem, has only just begun to seep out of my soul.’
Now times are different
‘I’m assuming that people know, and now that I’m my age that’s fine. I don’t go out of my way because it’s my generation, I think,’ Thomson further said. ‘I’m probably as homophobic as any gay man alive because of my background.’
As for how it was playing a homophobic character, Thomson diplomatically replied: ‘I’m an actor, it was my job. “You don’t have to be one to play one.”‘
He’s not quite supportive of the CW’s new Dynasty reboot, though.
‘I have had a look at the new Dynasty and I am appalled. What the fuck is the CW doing? It’s utter shit.’
Well, at least he’s honest.