Hunky actor Trevor Donovan’s character is set to come out as gay in the US television series 90120.
Executive producer Rebecca Sinclair confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the character of Teddy Montgomery, played by Donovan, will be at the centre of a coming out story in the show.
“[We wanted] to play a coming out story that features a kid we already knew. Instead of his sexuality being the first and defining characteristic, we’ve already gotten a chance to know Teddy before he explores his sexuality. Teddy’s an athlete, he’s a famous guy’s son, he’s blonde and hunky and yes, he also has a sexual orientation and that’s a huge part of his life,” said Sinclair.
The character had been conceived and presented over the past season as a heterosexual ladies’ man, something Sinclair said would now benefit the coming out storyline.
“We thought he was just a womanizer. But then—and this often happens with characters—we started to wonder about the deeper life of the character. Was he a womaniser, or was he really covering for something?”she said.
Meanwhile, the 31 year old California-born actor tweeted to his fans about the upcoming change in his character’s sexuality.
“I read all your tweets and know you are all curious about the ‘gay’ character this season. Let me say, gay or straight, relationships are relationships. Everyone goes through the same kind of troubles and joys,” said Donovan.
“A gay storyline will have an added issue of dealing with judgment from others. Acceptance, by family, friends, society and self is just one of the concerns the character will be going through. It is a part of life, and it should be portrayed. I was told, and am confident the storyline will be written very well and the change in the character will be organic, NOT overnight. It’s going to be a great season 3. I look forward to chatting with you all as we progress.”
The new season of 90120, which revolves around teenage students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High, will premiere in the US on September 13.