Actor Matthew Rhys this week described his Brothers & Sisters gay character as “refreshing.”

The 41-year-old Rhys currently co-stars on FX's critically acclaimed The Americans.

In the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, Rhys played Kevin Walker, a lawyer who struggled with his romantic relationships with men.

“There was no coming out story. There was no challenge,” Rhys told HuffPost Live's Alex Miranda. “He wasn't defined by it or identified by it. He was one of the siblings who happened to be gay and [writer Jon Robin Baitz] was so clear about that. And in reading that, I just thought, 'Oh, how refreshing. That's how it should be.'”

He added that the show's writers were very aware of the pioneering role Brothers & Sisters played for LGBT representation.

“We owe that to the writers and that they handled that fantastically and they were very conscious of that and strident in trying to achieve that,” Rhys said. “If I'm a small cog in that, which I am, I'm very happy.”