And what do you think is his main reason for just not coming out? What are the biggest barriers?
I think a lot of the time ... it's just easier. It's just easier not to say anything. Because if he does come out there is this whole other battle he has to fight -- when it comes to his job, and telling his friends, and his conservative family. To not come out, even though it's going to be a big internal struggle, it avoids an external struggle.
We've seen that coming out at work is something he's worried about.
Exactly -- there were scenes last week where he told Layla how important it was to be "just one of the guys."
Now your mom just taped a guest appearance on the show -- playing ... your mom. How did that come about?
She was visiting the set one day and I introduced her to Frank [Valentini, the executive producer]. At the time they were auditioning people to play my parents and he remembered meeting my mother and I had previously mentioned to him that we had done plays together and she ran a children's theater in Massachusetts. So he just kind of ... he asked me and took my word for it. Hopefully it turned out okay. It was a little nerve wracking for awhile ... but I think it turned out wonderful. She had some problems doing it ... just playing a conservative mother because she couldn't be more liberal!
The true test of acting.
Yeah -- a Massachusetts mother playing conservative [laughs].