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
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.