British actor Russell Tovey has praised
Olympic diver Tom Daley's coming out as “brilliant.”
Tovey appears in his first gay role in
the upcoming HBO drama Looking, which premieres on Sunday,
January 19, and has been cast to play a gay footballer in John
Tiffany's play The Pass.
The 32-year-old openly gay Tovey, who
has been acting since the age of 11, told The
Huffington Post that he wanted his first gay role to be
something substantial “that really moves things forward.”
He also commented on Tom Daley coming
out in a casual video posted last month on YouTube.
Daley says “It really was love at first sight”)
“That was what was so brilliant about
what he did – the video was very casual, not even beautifully lit,
just him lying on his bed going, 'Oh fuck it, now's the time. Yes,
guys, here it is. Done. Gone. Sending it out there; see what
happens' …,” Tovey said.
“I messaged him and said, 'I'm proud
of you, it's brilliant what you've done, mate.' He just said,
'Thanks.' He's really sweet,” he added.
Tovey also said that he's in a happy