Ronen Rubenstein is sharing his truth in a new profile.
The 27-year-old 9-1-1: Lone Star actor, who plays openly gay character T.K. Strand on the hit series, just came out as bisexual.
“I fully identify as bisexual,” Ronen told Variety. “I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it.”
Ronen‘s role on the series is what led to him accepting his sexuality.
“The biggest thing for me is where I come from, it’s like people like me and people who have identified as bisexual or gay or as any part of the community, you’re just not welcomed. It’s as brutally honest as that,” he added. “It’s either you faced insane amounts of profanity, like the F-word was thrown around all the time or you would get your ass kicked if you were gay. So there was definitely a fear of sort of embracing how I felt. I was definitely more aware of it in high school. I was aware of my feelings and how I started looking at men, but I couldn’t talk to anybody about it.”
“The fans, especially the Tarlos fans, it’s one of the biggest reasons that I finally felt safe and comfortable to talk about it and to finally embrace it and be happy about it,” he said. For those that don’t know, his character T.K. is in a relationship with Carlos, which led to the couple name Tarlos.
Ronen also opened up about his girlfriend, Black Sails and The Flash actress Jessica Parker Kennedy, and how she reacted to his coming out.
Click inside to find out what she told him…
Ronen said about Jessica, “She’s actually one of the first people that sort of respectfully called me out on it. She’s like, ‘Is there something we need to talk about?’ And I said, ‘Maybe.’ I didn’t know how that conversation would go. And it went probably as good as it can go. She definitely encouraged me to be vocal about it, just to live my truth. She’s like, ‘I love you for who you are, your full self and people will love you for who you are and your full self.’”
Jessica and Ronen are still together and she had a funny reaction to the news. He said, “She just sometimes jokes, ‘Just don’t leave me for Harry Styles.’”
Read the full profile on Variety!