Actor Daniel Franzese has come out gay in an open letter to his gay character in the 2004 film Mean Girls.

The 35-year-old Franzese has appeared in more than 14 films, including Bully, Party Monster, Bristol Boys and War of the Worlds. But he is fondly remembered for playing gay teen Damian in Mean Girls.

In the letter, published at Bent, an Indiewire blog, Franzese blamed Damian for ruining his life.

“I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn't go to any gay bars, have any flings and lied to anyone who asked if I was gay. I even brought a girl to the Mean Girls premiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard,” he wrote.

“I had the perfect opportunity in 2004 to let people know the REAL Daniel Franzese. Now in 2014 – ten years later – looking back, it took YOU to teach me how to be proud of myself again. It’s okay if no one wants to sit at the table with the 'art freaks.' Being a queer artist is one of my favorite things about myself. I have always been different and that's rad. People have always asked if I was really gay? While my reps usually lied to protect me. My friends and family all knew the truth but now it's time everyone does. Perhaps this will help someone else. I had to remind myself that my parents named me Daniel because it means 'God is my judge.' So, I’m not afraid anymore. Of Hollywood, the closet or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian. (And Tina [Fey].)”