Thomas Dekker. biography
Thomas Alexander Dekker was born on December 28, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nevada to actress and acting coach Hilary Dekker and opera singer and actor David Dekker., Due to his theatrical upbringing, Dekker began acting at an early age and landed his first minor role on The Young and the Restless (1973) at the age of 6. He went on to work with Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Stewart and William Shatner in Star Trek: Generations (1994) as Thomas Picard, followed by guest roles on The Nanny (1993), Seinfield (1990) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995). He then appeared in Caroline in the City (1995) before earning a reoccurring role on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997 – 2000).
Dekker’s big break came in 2006 when he joined the cast of Heroes as Zach. Although he only appeared in eleven episodes, Dekker was soon offered the role of John Connor in Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), which was ultimately canceled after two seasons.
In 2008, Dekker landed the role of Aidan, a disturbed teen, in the horror flick From Within (2008) and participated in the web series IQ-145 (2008). Later, he dabbled in film production, directing and starring in Whore (2008), a film about young hopefuls who move to Hollywood in search of fame, but soon discover the dark side of stardom. The following year, Dekker played Taylor Ambrose, a cancer patient, in My Sister’s Keeper (2009) with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
Dekker has recently starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) as Jesse Braun, and Lance Loud in the movie-made-for-TV Cinema Verite (2011) alongside Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini.
Is Thomas Dekker Gay?
Thomas Dekker’s sexuality has been the center of conversations and the star finally spoke up while promoting his next role in HBO’s Cinema Verite. The film is based on PBS’s reality series An American Family, in which Dekker plays Lance Loud, the first openly person on American television.
When asked in an interview with OUT magazine about his thoughts on having a same-sex romantic relationship, Dekker responded:
“I’ve only really had relationships with women, but I’m certainly not closed to it. If there are possibilities of being able to do anything in life, why would you say you would never take any up? In the later chunk of my teen years I was so all over the place with sex. It was terrible. I never really had a real relationship at all. During puberty, it’s all about sex, and it’s all about figuring yourself out. I think I overdid it when I was younger.”
When Dekker played Zach on the hit series Heroes in 2006, there was a tremendous amount of speculation surrounding his character’s sexuality. Reportedly, the show’s producers and writers were set on making Zach a proud gay teen but when asked about his character’s orientation, the NBC publicity department retracted the idea and said he was straight. Dekker further elaborated on the situation, saying:
“I went through the f*cking roof!” Dekker says. “If you’re going to have a gay character on your show come out and be a pioneer for kids, I would’ve liked to play that from the get-go from my perspective. I went to set and said to the writers, ‘I really wish that it wouldn’t have been five hours before I come into work that I get this news that [the character] I’d been playing for the last 12 episodes knows and is comfortable with the fact that he is gay. Because I would’ve played this very differently.’ But I said I’d do it, and then a couple hours later the creator, Tim Kring, showed up and said, ‘No, no, no. We’re going to change it [back to him being straight].’ ”
However, Tim Kring and Bryan Fuller (show’s producers) claimed it was Dekker’s agent who disapproved of the situation, due to the fact Dekker was in the running for a major role in The Sarah Connor Chronicles and worried the gay character would affect his chances.
Dekker soon left the agency and is now under new management.