TORONTO – The actor who played a young Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: The Wolverine revealed Wednesday he is gay.
In a video message posted online, Troye Sivan said: “It feels kind of weird to have to announce it like this on the Internet. This is not something I’m ashamed of and it’s not something that anyone should have to be ashamed of.”
The video had more than 230,000 views within 24 hours of being posted.
The 18-year-old South African-born actor, who lives in Australia, played Young James Howlett in the 2009 Wolverine movie, which was partly filmed in Vancouver.
“I’m terrified,” Sivan admitted in the video. “I know that some people are going to have a problem with this. I know that this could kind of change everything for me.”
Sivan said he came out to his family in 2010 and hopes other gay teens will be inspired by his message.
“The majority of the reason why I am doing this today is because I hope people like 14-year-old Troye are going to find this video,” he said.
Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in an Australian stage production of Oliver! in 2007 and in a 2010 production of Waiting for Godot. He also released an album, Dare to Dream, in 2008.
The teen has played the lead role in three Spud movies based on the novel by John van de Ruit.
With more than 466,000 subscribers, Sivan’s YouTube channel is one of the Top 20 in Australia. He has over 246,000 followers on Twitter.
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