Empire's Jussie Smollett Explains His Decision to Come Out
“It was a bigger deal to everyone than it was for me,” the 31-year-old Empire actor told Variety. “But at the same time I do understand why it is something to talk about.”
“I didn’t talk to Ellen [DeGeneres] so that people could, be like ‘oh my God, let’s see what Jussie does in his bedroom in his private life.’ But I did talk to her so that people understood that they’re not alone. That’s all,” Jussie added.
Jussie also talked about getting to play a gay character on the biggest show on television right now.
“You don’t always get these experiences as an artist of [playing] roles where you feel the impact of what you’re doing, but I do. And that as an artist, as an activist, as a man, it’s feeding my soul,” he said.