Maulik Pancholy, ’30 Rock’ Star, Comes Out As Gay
Maulik Pancholy, best known for roles in 30 Rock and Weeds, officially came out as gay in Out magazine’s Out100 issue.
Pancholy, 39, opened up about his sexuality and his longtime relationship with his partner. “I just celebrated my nine-year anniversary with my partner,” he told Out. “It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions.”
Long before making a name for himself playing Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) assistant Jonathan on 30 Rock and the pot-dealing college student Sanjay on Weeds, Pancholy knew that acting was what he was going to do with his life. In his youth, any moment could be turned into an acting bit, including cutting his hand on a switchblade.
“Instead of going for help and saying, ‘Hey, I cut my thumb, can I get a Band-Aid?’ I did a death scene in the bathroom,” he told Out. It was my big moment!”
While Pancholy hasn't made any additional comments on his sexuality or his partner, he did thank Out Magazine for having him in the issue on Twitter.
Pancholy, who was a regular on the short-lived sitcom Whitney, is also an accomplished voice actor. He’s currently voicing parts for Nickelodeons’ Sanjay and Craig and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.
– Chelsea Regan
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