`Mean Girls` star Daniel Franzese comes out as gay

PTI| Updated: Apr 23, 2014, 19:20 PM IST

New York: Actor Daniel Franzese, who starred with Lindsay Lohan and Lizzy Caplan in 2004 hit `Mean Girls`, has come out as gay by writing a letter to his character.

Franzese thanked his famous role for giving him the courage to come out of the closet.

The 35-year-old actor wrote an open letter to his character Damian for Indie Wire, explaining his journey coming out of the closet, reported New York Daily News.

"I wished I`d had you as a role model when I was younger. It might`ve been easier to be gay growing up."

Franzese explained that he originally resisted playing Damian to avoid hitting a "gay glass ceiling" in the casting process.

"It wasn`t until years later that grown men started coming up to me on the street -- some of them in tears -- and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude."