Victor Garber is gay, the actor has confirmed, following the high-profile (yet criticized as redundant and ambiguous) coming out of actress Jodie Foster at the Golden Globes Sunday.
Garber’s coming out was precipitated by the questions of blogger Greg Hernandez, who pressed the Alias star after reading on the web that Victor had been in a relationship with a man for the better part of two decades.
In the exchange, Victor Garber confirmed he was indeed gay, and has been living with artist Ranier Andreesen, with whom he is in a long-term relationship. Hernandez explains that he had initially been shut down by the actor on the “gay” question after Garber said that Wikipedia — where the blogger picked up the info — was “bulls***,” but Hernandez persisted and asked again.
The interviewer recounts:
“So I got up, walked into the lobby of the Langham Huntington Hotel and found Garber. I just decided to ask him: ‘Wikipedia lists Rainer Andreesen as your partner. I wondered if that’s something that’s public, that you’ve confirmed.’”
The writer observed that Garber “seemed surprised by the question,” ultimately replying and indicating it was not a secret. Victor said:
“I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows … He’s going to be out here with me for the SAG Awards.”
Aside from the admission, Victor Garber also had words of high praise for Ben Affleck, saying of working with the Good Will Hunting star on Argo:
” … To see him emerge now as one of the great directors which I’ve always felt since Gone Baby Gone. To be a part of it is like the icing on the cake. It’s incredibly thrilling for me. And the fact that people love the movie so much means the world.”
E! notes that Victor Garber’s admission is one of many high-profile Hollywood comings-out in recent months.