Colton Haynes

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Colton Haynes (born July 13, 1988) is an American actor best known for his roles as Jackson Whittemore in Teen Wolf and Roy Harper (Arsenal) in Arrow.

Haynes came out as gay in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May 2016[1], stating:

I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.

People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting. People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.

He later gave an emotional interview to out Magazine, in which he discussed the bullying he suffered as a teenager, the harsh reaction of certain family members and friends to his coming out, his anxiety, and his experiences in Hollywood, among many other things.

I feel really bad that I had to lie for so long. But I was told that was the only way I was going to be successful. When you’re young in this industry, people take advantage of you, and they literally tell you that your dreams are going to come true. If you believe that, you’ll do anything. And you do believe it, especially if you’re from Kansas.[2]

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