The Internet rumor is that Ryan Kwanten, who plays Jason Stackhouse on the HBO vampire drama True Blood, is preparing to come out gay.

Speculation over the 34-year-old Australian actor's sexual orientation was prompted by a post earlier this week that asked, “What HBO star is going to be coming out of the closet soon?”

Boy Culture blog reported that celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who is gay, wrote on his personal Mario Lavandeira Facebook page that Kwanten is gay. (Boy Culture has since removed the June 6 post.) And gay social media website said the blind item was referring to Kwanten.

Last year, Kwanten told gay glossy The Advocate that he's always been comfortable with the idea of male admirers.

“Australians are a very open-minded society,” he said, “and I come from a very liberal, open family, so it's something that I've embraced from the get-go.”

Gay fans have “always been very staunch supporters of me. The great thing is that it's a loyal fan base – they'll stick with you through thick and thin, and I like that. You can't buy that kind of loyalty.”

And he talked about his brother Lloyd's coming out gay at the age of 18.

If Kwanten does comes out gay, he would join co-stars Evan Rachel Wood and Anna Paquin, who have come out bisexual.