Not Only is This Teen Wolf Star Gay — He Says His Dad Was as Well
Teen Wolf is known for delivering some of the hottest LGBTQ+ sex scenes on a teen television series, which is a HUGE step for representation; not many other TV shows in the same demographic have even touched upon the topic of homosexuality. Teen Wolf is also known for delivering gay icons, courtesy of the coming-out stories by the MTV dramedy’s alums, Colton Haynes & Charlie Carver, last year. That is why when the 28-year-old twin expressed how his late father, Robert Mortensen, helped him come to terms with his own sexuality, we simply had to stop and listen (or, well, read).
Initially, Max Carver‘s brother resented his dad for being queer, which Charlie learned when he was 12. “In the way that sons and fathers can have beef regardless of [sexual] orientation,” he tells Attitude magazine for its June 2017 cover, “it was just something where I wanted to be able to define myself, set my own rules, and I felt like I had all of a sudden someone who I was gonna be forced to become, and I didn’t wanna be like him.”
But, it helped pave the way for him. “I think he taught me, in the way that he lived his life, that your sexuality doesn’t define you,” he continues. “It’s an important part of who you are, but he had such a rich life… And I think because I was frustrated by what I would call some of his own internalized shame, that it almost became this challenge to really get to the bottom of that quickly, for me. It kind of propelled me into being louder and brasher and more experimental. And I think that hurt his feelings sometimes, but I think he was also grateful.”
As for his own decision to publicly come out, he explains, “I didn’t really give a f*ck at that point because, for me, not that I was living under duress, but I’d said to myself if I can’t do this when I’m young, I’m not sure I wanna stay in this business. I think the world is changing, representation is changing, and I wanted to be a part of that and I wouldn’t wanna be in this business if I couldn’t be a part of that.”
Charlie Carver, plus nine other male celebrities who came out last year: