Spotlight On: Charlie Carver

With so few successful LGBT members in the media, it is important to recognise and support the openly gay stars that we do have. Leading the way of young, up-and-coming actors publicly coming out is Charlie Carver.

Coming out in a series of posts on Instagram in January 2016, he has began exploring LGBT acting roles, while working as an activist in the community, and just recently was named as the number one gay bachelor by Attitude magazine.

Born in San Francisco, California, on July 31, 1988 alongside his identical twin brother Max the pair grew up moving around and attended several schools including St. Paul’s Boarding School in Concord, New Hampshire, Interlochen Arts Academy, in Michigan, University of Southern California, and The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

At age 12 Carvers father, Robert Martensen, came out as gay which caused tensions between the pair due to much of Carvers own internalised shame – not wanting to grow up to be like his father. Now at 28-years-old, he looks back to appreciate his fathers honest life, saying it allowed him to understand that while sexuality is a large part of a person it does not define them.


Carver made his acting debut playing Puck in his eighth grade school’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Though it was several years later when he finally made his onscreen debut alongside his brother in Desperate Housewives. Following their four year stint, the pair continued their television success, appearing in season three of Teen Wolf, where Carver played his first gay character, and then in the first season of The Leftovers.

Away from his brother, Carver has starred in the James Franco flick I Am Michael, the biographical story of Michael Glatze, where he enjoyed an infamous threesome scene alongside Franco, and Zachary Quinto. Earlier this year he appeared in the ABC miniseries When We Rise alongside a wealth of LGBT actors, and allies.

The pair have signed up to rejoin one another, co-producting and starring in a new MTV series that is stated to be a crime drama/coming-of-age story.

We previously discussed Carvers coming out earlier last year HERE.



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