Gale Harold, who played bad boy Brian Kinney on Showtime's groundbreaking gay drama Queer as Folk, says he was terrified of taking on the role.

Harold talks about his experience playing gay on the show in a new interview with gay glossy Metro Source.

“I was terrified of taking on this sort of sexual/political stance,” Harold said. “There's always, in my mind, this hesitancy to speak as Gale Harold about the life of this man, Brian Kinney, that I'm playing and how that relates to society and the gay community at large.”

Queer as Folk, which followed the lives of five gay men and a lesbian couple living in Pittsburgh, went off the air in 2005 after five seasons.

The show was based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T. Davies. Queer as Folk ran for two seasons in the U.K.

The legacy of the show was having all these people come up to us over the years and thank us for giving them characters to watch and to relate to. They saw themselves. That's kind of overwhelming to hear that. It's very meaningful, and it's heartbreaking, and it's inspiring, but ... it was a heavy and awesome responsibility and I wanted to get it right.”