‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ‘Council of Dads’ actor #JAgustRichards comes out as GAY! [DETAILS]

In news most probably already knew or suspected actor J. August Richards, who is most known as Charles Gunn in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel and as Mike Peterson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has come out as gay at the age of 46.

Richards is currently starring in NBC’s new show Council of Dads and plays a married gay man. In an interview clip posted on Instagram, he shares why he chose to come out to the cast and crew.

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The day I auditioned for #CouncilOfDads was the day I almost quit acting. I probably wouldn’t have gone through with it but as I mounted the stairs to enter Building 9128 on the Universal lot, I was struck with panic — the kind of debilitating panic that means only one thing: you’re gonna blow it! As I entered the building, I began plotting my escape: “I’ll sell my house and teach. I love teaching and my mother was a teacher so I’ll do that!” Because after 25 years, you would think it’d get easier and I just couldn’t imagine doing this to myself any longer. I got up to the waiting room and fortunately there were a few people in front of me so I began talking myself down… “OK. This script is about one thing — LOVE. And all you have to do is love the person you’re reading with. And if you can just do that, it won’t matter what comes out of your mouth… They will feel it.” The casting director, @rooneycasting, came to get me. She has a sweet, kind energy that is infectious. I thought about how much the people in her life must love her. I focused on that. We entered the room and she introduced me to the creators of the show, @joanrater and @tvphelan. I said. “Nice to meet you” to which Tony replied, “We know you. You did episodes of GREY’S ANATOMY for us and we thought you were great.” Sometimes, a comment like that can make me more nervous but in this case, it didn’t. “Love her, J. That’s all you have to do…” I took a deep breath and started the scene. A week later, I had the part… Having a new show premiere is a lot like a birthday. It’s the birth of the seeds you planted in the form of tough decisions made at one stage of your life that are now blooming. For me, those seeds were working the graveyard shift at Showfax, quitting my job waiting tables at Houston’s to do a non-paying play at The Long Beach Playhouse, missing parties to stay at home and work on scenes for acting class, 3 years of un/under-employment… And now, those seeds have blossomed in the form of a great character with rich material working with actors who inspire me both creatively and personally. {continued in comments}

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On ‘Council of Dads’, Richards plays Oliver, a “Black gay professional married to a Black gay professional” and the couple has a daughter. The interviewer notes that we have never seen a relationship like this on television before.

Richards says he got into acting to “combat oppression” and the show “required me to show up fully in a way that I don’t always when I’m working. I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I am a gay man myself.”

Richards understands the significance his coming out can have on the world. “I knew how important it is to other people out there like me who would need to see that role model.”


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