Jacob Rudolph, the New Jersey high school senior who came out during a class awards ceremony, on Tuesday met his idol George Takei.

In accepting an award for “Class Actor” in front of 300 of his fellow classmates, Rudolph announced that he's LGBT.

“I would like to thank everyone for voting me Class Actor,” Rudolph said. “Sure, I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly I've been acting every single day of my life.”

“You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not. Most of you see me acting every day, you see me acting the part of “straight Jacob,” but I'm actually an LGBT teen – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.”

Rudolph's classmates greeted his announcement with a standing ovation.

In an appearance on Anderson Live! Rudolph told host Anderson Cooper that he shared his coming out video with Takei, who in turn posted it on his Facebook page.

Cooper then surprised Rudolph by bringing Takei on the show.

“I was bursting,” Takei, who is openly gay, said of Rudolph's coming out. “I thought it was such a fantastic statement. You are pulling at that wagon of equality with the rest of us. So, thank you very much for that.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)