And have you always been out in your career?
It was never an issue for me. I just moved here, was living my life doing shows, and I was never in the closet. I mean, I came out to my family when I was a freshman in college, but once I started being recognized publicly when I was in A Chorus Line, people started asking me about it, and I did the cover of Instinct magazine, which is a gay magazine. And that was the first time I had in print somewhere that I was openly gay.
And it became this thing like, oh, he came out! But I was a Broadway chorus boy, half of us are gay, so I didn't think I really needed to come out. People do ask if it's a hurdle, and I think even in the Broadway community, in this industry, it can get in the way of you getting a part. But I always have the perspective that if someone doesn't want to hire me because of my sexuality, then I don't want to work for them, you know?
And you've been active with Broadway Impact (a group working for marriage equality within the Broadway community, led by Gavin Creel), as well...
Yeah, we went to D.C. last year and I was a bus captain for them, and I'm constantly there for them whenever they have a rally in New York, I try to get the message out. We're doing the AIDS Walk on Sunday, and I'm part of the Broadway Impact team that's walking, and I'm the top fundraiser for the team with almost $18,000 raised, so I'm super excited at everyone's generosity for that. So, I think we have over $35,000 now as a team. And Priscilla is performing at the AIDS Walk, before it starts, so we're going to sing a song from the show. Broadway Impact is amazing and a good way for the community to get involved, be active, and try to make a difference.
When you were coming out as a college freshman, did you have any struggle back then accepting yourself?
Absolutely. I never had any resistance from my family, thank God, my parents were incredibly accepting. So I never had an issue with them, but it was more about me being OK with it myself. And that's how I found my way to the theater community as a child, because I was made fun of as a kid for being gay, before I was even fully aware myself that I was gay.
And then, doing theater on top of that, I was made fun of for being gay and made fun of for doing what I loved. But the theater community embraced me, so that's how I found myself there as a child. But my parents were always supportive of everything... of my career choice, of my sexuality.
So, I had my own personal struggle with it, but once I went to college, half the kids that went there were gay, too, so I was out of the small town I grew up in, and felt like I could let go of any hesitation I had of being myself. I'm very fortunate in that I had an easier story. I told my mom, and she told me she knew my whole life. And then I told my dad, and he thanked me for opening up that part of my life to him. So, I've got an incredible set of parents.
Be sure to check Nick out in Priscilla if you go to New York City. You can find more information about the show at http://www.priscillaonbroadway.com/
You can also see him perform in one of the show's crazy costumes (he's in the pink and blue costume) on The View: http://youtu.be/jOYwM9WM98Y