Joey Fatone (pictured, right) was honoured to reprise his role of Angelo in the upcoming sequel to the 2002 comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding and have him come out as gay, the actor said.
“Our gay and lesbian brethren and sisters are 10 per cent, if not more, of the population,” the former N Sync boyband member told SeattlePI.
“When my cousins came out, the love that came at them was so intense and unconditional that I thought, ‘This is my chance to put a little message in of acceptance.’”
Joey said his character’s coming out in the film is treated with a “shrug and a smile” and was “such a lovely thing to shoot that day.”
“It was quite an honour for [series star and writer Nia Vardalos] to give me something like that, because not many people see the non-comedy side of me and to have to deliver something like that – telling your parents you are gay – it’s a tough thing,” he said.
“It was an exciting thing to do and it’s from life experience – one of my best friends, him coming out.”
Joey’s bandmate Lance Bass came out as gay in 2006.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is in Australian cinemas from March 24.