Actor DJ Qualls is best known for his string of dude-centric movies throughout the 2000s, including “Road Trip” and “The New Guy,” and now the star is revealing a big secret about his sexuality and claiming he was always worried about how it would affect his career. 41-year-old Qualls took to Twitter late Saturday night after appearing on-stage with Jim Jeffries during the comic’s set in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre.
“It is 11:20pm. I just came out on stage at a
show in San Diego,” Qualls wrote to the world in an extremely liberating tweet.
The star followed up that not only has he “been gay” for quite some time, but he kept it hidden out of fear for negative backlash on his career.
“Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career.”
It’s unclear how he dropped the news during the show in San Diego with Jim Jeffries, but we’re guessing he got a gigantic round of applause.
Fans were absolutely ecstatic for Qualls, and praised him with love and support in the comments under his emotional revelation.
“Dude, I like my actors for their talent and you are talented from Monk to Supernatural. I don’t care to know about your sexual preferences nor do I expect you to care about mine. So be happy and carry on. We don’t judge,” one fan wrote.
“Your sexual orientation never made any difference to me. I’m glad you feel safe enough to come out finely, and I am happy that you are happy,” another commented.
Qualls, first name Donald Joseph, scored his first big role on the Todd Phillips directed “Road Trip” back in 2000 and starred alongside Sean William Scott and Tom Green. He shot to stardom for his quirky comedy and landed other roles in “The New Guy” and “Hustle & Flow.” He’s also had a successful career appearing on TV shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Supernatural” and, most recently, “The Man In the High Castle.”
At the start of the year, Qualls sent a message to fans about a hopeful outlook on the future — we think he’s off to a pretty good start in 2020.
Happy new year! I’m sitting here in my local bar watching people hug and kiss. Yeah, our country is divided. 2019 was a tough year, but seeing this makes you realize things aren’t so bad. We’ll find our way back. Best wishes to you all on the start of a new decade. #HappyNewyear
— DJ Qualls (@TheOnlyDJQualls) January 1, 2020