Sean Hayes, the man who played TV’s iconic and over-the-top sidekick Jack McFarland, steps out of the shadow of his famous character to speak for the first time about living openly, his contribution to the gay movement, and his much-anticipated Broadway debut in the first revival of the 1968 musical Promises, Promises.
Now Hayes speaks to The Advocate in the interview you’ve waited 12 years to read! Here's a few sample selections:
“I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never.”
“I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome, Advocate.”
On speaking out: “I believe that nobody owes anything to anybody,” Hayes says, so worked up that he repeats the line. “Nobody owes anything to anybody. You are your authentic self to whom and when you choose to be, and if you don’t know somebody, then why would you explain to them how you live your life?”
On fame and his person life: Hayes explains that fame has made him wary of people’s agendas, citing a date he went on during the run of the show: “At the end of the lunch he left a script for me. That was hard.”
At last, Hayes opens up to reveal the tiniest bit about [his personal life]: “I spend time with a special someone in my life,” he says. But after years of being burned, he won’t say another word about him or the quiet life they lead. “That’s it. That’s all I need,” he says. “I don’t need events. I don’t do a lot. I live my life like an 85-year-old man. I’m just quiet. It’s fantastic.”
Read the full interview at Advocate.com.