Australian actor Harry Cook on Sunday announced he's gay in a YouTube video titled “From the heart..”

“I am gay,” the 22-year-old Cook said in the 4-minute clip.

“There's a few reason I was really kind of scared to say it to begin with. One was I thought I might get backlash for it. Two, I had a feeling that not many people give a shit anyway. … And three, the industry I work in, unfortunately sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes studios, producers, directors, whatever, sometimes they can be kind of close-minded in a sense that they sometimes would think, 'If you're gay as a person, you wouldn't be able to play a straight role.'”

“I thought about it for a really long time and really stewed over it. I was like, 'Oh my god, this could ruin my career,'” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Cook tweeted the video to his more than 145,000 followers.

“Not gonna lie. I'm pretty scared about doing this. But I know it's the right thing to do. So …,” Cook messaged along with the link to his coming out clip.

He thanked well-wishers on Monday: “I'm rather speechless with the amount of love out there. Couldn't be more grateful. *Group hug*.”

The England-born Cook moved with his family at the age of ten to Sydney. His big break came in 2009, when he landed the role of Harry Conway in the film Accidents Happen opposite Geena Davis.