'Orphan Black' star Jordan Gavaris comes out as gay, says Tatiana Maslany introduced him to boyfriend

Jordan Gavaris reveals why he waited so long to talk about his sexuality.

When asked about his sexual orientation during an interview with New York Magazine's Vulture, the Orphan Black star replies, "Oh, I'm gay."

As for why this is the first time he's made mention of this in an interview, Gavaris explains, "Nobody ever asks me. I've never been asked. Like, the whole course of the [Orphan Black] series."

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The 27-year-old actor adds that he also doesn't see why it would be a point of discussion. "I guess that's where I'm at in terms of coming out publicly: I had this position when I started on the show that it shouldn't matter. And I believe that," he shares "I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don't need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race -- that we can just act and we can exist in this zeitgeist, telling stories about one another."

Gavaris later notes, "I came out at 19, and my family knew I had been out in the industry always."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Jordan Gavaris visits Build Studios to discuss 'Orphan Black' at Build Studio on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: (L-R) Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millen and Maria Doyle Kennedy visit Build Series to discuss the final season of the hit show 'Orphan Black' at Build Studio on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Jordan Gavaris attends the 'Orphan Black' Showcase during 2017 IFC Split Screens Festival at IFC Center on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Jordan Gavaris visits at SiriusXM Studios on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Jordan Gavaris attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: 'Orphan Black' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Robin Williams Center on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Jordan Gavaris attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 1, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 23: Actor Jordan Gavaris arrives for The Paley Center For Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Orphan Black' held at Dolby Theatre on March 23, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Jordan Gavaris arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Jordan Gavaris attends the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2016 at The London Hotel on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 31: (L-R) Actors Kristian Bruun, Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris attend An Evening with the Cast & Co-Creator of 'Orphan Black' at 92nd Street Y on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Jordan Gavaris attends Comic-Con International 2016 'Orphan Black' press line at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Actor Jordan Gavaris visits SiriusXM Studio on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: Actor Jordan Gavaris attends the 'Orphan Black' panel WonderCon 2016, Day 2 at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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That being said, Gavaris does admit that he thinks he'll be turned down for roles after coming out as gay. "This is a tricky thing to say and I've never actually said it out loud before, but I do believe that jobs will be lost and I do believe jobs will be gained. Maybe not even for the right reasons," he says. "There's been a lot of conversation in the industry about hiring openly gay actors for gay parts, and I think that's really important. But frankly, I'm not interested in doing any kind of work where I couldn't bring myself in totality to the character. And if that would mean that I am ultimately not the right fit in terms of casting, then I probably shouldn't play that part anyways."

As for his relationship status, Gavaris says he met his boyfriend, Dexter actor Devon Graye, through his Orphan Black co-star, Tatiana Maslany, and they've now been together for four years.

Gavaris also talks about what he thinks the impact of him publicly coming out will have. "Maybe I wouldn't have the same impact as someone like Colton Haynes or Gus Kenworthy or something, but even one person who feels more comfortable, who sees themselves represented in some way -- that just started to be more important than protecting myself," he says. "Of course, there's the selfish liberation as well. You always feel like, 'Now I feel like I can really talk about all of the things that I want to talk about in terms of gay rights and politics.'"

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In February 2016, Haynes spoke with ET about when he responded to a comment on Tumblr that claimed he had a "secret gay past."

"Was it a secret?" the Rough Night star -- who is now engaged to Jeff Leatham -- replied on Twitter. "Let's all just enjoy life and have no regrets."

"I have no filter. I don't really follow the stereotypical rules," Haynes told ET. "I don't feel like it's anyone's business. Just try to live life."

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