Daniel Franzese has come out as gay.
The actor, best known for his role as Damian in the beloved comedy Mean Girls, made the announcement this week via a moving letter to that fictional high school student.
"You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger," Franzese wrote via Indie Wire "I might've been easier to be gay growing up. You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down."
On the 10-year anniversary of its release date, talk has circulated recently of a Mean Girls reunion.
Franzese went on to say he was pigeonholed as someone who could only play gay and actually resented Damian for awhile.
"I became celibate for a year and a half," he wrote of the experience. "I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay.
"I even brought a girl to the ‘Mean Girls’ premiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard. Meanwhile, I was still in the closet. Deleting tweets that asked if I was gay, scrubbing IMDB Message Boards for any indication."
Reflecting back on Damian's positive influence, though, Franzese finally grew inspired to publicly reveal his sexuality.
"My friends and family all knew the truth but now it's time everyone does," he wrote. "Perhaps this will help someone else. I’m not afraid anymore. Of Hollywood, the closet or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian."
We applaud Franzese, Ellen Page and others who have recently come out of the closet.