Actor Sean Maher has revealed that his father proposed “ex-gay” therapy for him.

The 36-year-old Maher came out gay in September during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Maher is best known for playing Simon Tam in the science fiction series Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity. He played a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club, which NBC canceled after airing only 3 episodes.

In an interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Maher, who is raising two children with his partner Paul, said that after coming out gay to his family during his freshman year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts his father suggested “ex-gay” therapy.

“My dad slipped me the number of a priest and said, 'This is for people like you so you can be happy again.' I said, 'Dad, what don't you understand? I'm finally happy.'”

He added that his father eventually came around: “Paul has something my dad really connected with. Once my dad saw our home life he had an Aha moment.”

Maher can be seen in the upcoming Joss Whedon-directed film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.