Out British actor Russell Tovey has apologized for comments he made Sunday about effeminate gays.

The 33-year-old Tovey, who currently plays gay on HBO's Looking, suggested in an interview with The Guardian that there is something wrong with effeminate gay men.

“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn't gone to the school I went to,” Tovey said. “Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I'd have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it's probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”

“I get told, a lot, that I'm kind of carving my own path. That there are not many actors who are out and are able to play straight, and gay, and everyone's OK with it,” he added.

“He's glad he's not effeminate?” out actor Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) rhetorically asked. “Well the feeling is mutual lady. I'm glad I'm not you.”

“We experience so much discrimination from the outside world, wouldn't it be great if we were kinder to each other in our own community?” he asked.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Tovey apologized: “I surrender. You got me. I'm sat baffled and saddened that a mis-fired inarticulate quote of mine has branded me worst gay ever. If you feel I have personally let you down, I'm sorry, that was never my intention.”

“I'm proud to be who I am and proud for others. We're in this together. I want you to know whatever you think I meant, I didn't,” he added.