Actor Tuc Watkins, who has played a gay man on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Showtime’s Beggars and Choosers, has revealed for the first time publicly that he is gay in real life.
Watkins, 46, appears on Marie Osmond’s talk show Monday (29 April) and says: On Desperate Housewives ‘I played as gay man who was married to his husband who was trying to adopt a kid. And in real life at the same time, I’m a gay single man who is trying to have a kid through surrogacy. So life and art were imitating each other.’
The actor is now the father of twins Catchen and Curtis who were born four months ago via surrogate. He tells Osmond they are just starting to giggle which ‘makes all those midnight feedings totally worth it.’
He adds: ‘I think a lot of people at some point in their life think, ‘Am I going to be a parent? Do I want to be a parent?’ When I was young there were three things I knew three things: I knew I was gay, I knew one day I was going to be a dad and I knew Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was going to be the greatest movie of all time.’
While he was on Desperate Housewives for five years, Watkins is best known for his long-running role as David Vickers on the soap One Life to Live which was canceled by ABC but returns in online form on Monday.
Watkins has played Vickers, a raging heterosexual narcissist, since 1994. He would periodically leave the soap to do other projects like the 1997 independent film I Think I Do in which he played, of all things, a gay soap opera actor.