Sir Ian McKellen said in an interview with Anderson Cooper that he has no regrets over coming out gay, and encouraged others to do the same.

“Did you find coming out publicly … Was there any negative to it for you?” Cooper asked McKellen on his Anderson Live daytime talk show.

“No,” McKellen answered.

“My movie career took off. I hadn't had one before really,” said McKellen, who appeared on the show to pitch his new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

“I've never met a gay person who regrets coming out,” he added to applause from the studio audience. “I'm sure you've found the same: You're more at ease with your loved ones, your family and extended family, and your friends and your employers, your employees. Everybody's happy because they know where they are. It's out in the open, and honesty is the best policy.”

Cooper, who came out gay last year, agreed: “It makes everyone else more comfortable.”

“The last 20 years in your country and in ours, the ease with which people accept gay people has changed enormously,” said McKellen, who is British. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)