Paul Iacono, the 23-year-old actor best known for starring in MTV's teen comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger, has come out gay.

In an interview with the Village Voice, Iacono told Michael Musto that he was happy to serve as a role model for young people.

“I didn't think I'd be coming out. But why not now?” Iacono replied when asked if he was gay. “I think it's the right time to say something.”

MTV canceled The Hard Times of RJ Berger after two seasons. The show ended with all-American jock Max, who endlessly bullied RJ, caught making out with another male student.

Iacono will play a gay character in MTV's upcoming series Kenzie's Scale.

“The whole reason we came up with Kenzie's Scale is to give young gays characters to look up to,” he said. “It's great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. I'm happy to be that person so kids won't have to grow up and be afraid of their sexuality and this won't be an issue.”

Colfer, who plays gay student Kurt Hummel on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, is also openly gay.

Iacono said his character on Kenzie's Scale discovers he's gay after he and his girlfriend move to New York for college. The show follows the pair as they remain friends.