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Paul Iacono Is Gay: 'Hard Times of RJ Berger' Star Comes Out To Michael Musto

04/11/2012 02:05 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Paul Iacono, the young actor best known for his role in MTV's "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," has come out of the closet.

The 23-year-old actor revealed all in a new interview with the Village Voice's Michael Musto. When Musto asked him if he was openly gay, Iacono replied, "Yes. I'm rolling with the punches here. I was asked if I was comfortable doing gay press. I said 'Of course.' I didn't think I'd be coming out. But why not now? I think it's the right time to say something."

Though "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" was cancelled last year, Iacono will soon be seen in another MTV series, "Kenzie's Scale," which he described as "a radical young 'Will & Grace.'"

"It's about a high school sweetheart couple who move to New York for college. He has this gay awakening when they get there. So they continue living together more as friends than lovers," Iacono, who also starred in the 2009 remake of "Fame," said. "I believe that in 100 years, none of us will be having to identify ourselves as gay, straight, bi, or otherwise. Sexuality will be a more fluid thing."

Of gay characters on TV, he noted, "It's great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. I'm happy to be that person so kids won't have to grow up and be afraid of their sexuality and this won't be an issue."

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