12/14/2012 04:56 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Ian McKellen, 'Hobbit' Star, Talks Coming Out As Gay With Anderson Cooper

Sir Ian McKellen opened up to Anderson Cooper about coming out as gay, saying that doing so created more benefits for his personal and professional life than challenges.

"I've never met a gay person who regrets coming out," the "Hobbit" star, 73, told Cooper. "You're more at ease with your loved ones...honesty is the best policy."

He added, "I was making love until I was about 30 with my live-in boyfriend and we were breaking the law every time we had sex."

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