John M. Becker

'30 Rock' Star Maulik Pancholy Comes Out

Filed By John M. Becker | November 12, 2013 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: 30 Rock, coming out, Maulik Pancholy, welcome out

maulik_pancholy.jpgActor Maulik Pancholy, best known for playing Jonathan on 30 Rock and Sanjay on Weeds, came out publicly as a gay man for the first time yesterday as part of Out Magazine's annual Out 100 list.

"I just celebrated my nine-year anniversary with my partner," the 39-year-old actor says. "It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions."

Pancholy, who currently stars in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig, told Out that, like many gay men in the arts, he's always had a flair for the dramatic. When he cut his hand on a knife as a child, for example, he didn't let the opportunity go to waste. "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 said. "It was my big moment!"

Welcome out, Maulik! It sure feels good to be out and proud, doesn't it?

Photo: Out Magazine.

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