Thom Bierdz: “It Was A No-Brainer"

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In a feature at Out.comThom Bierdz talks with Nelson Branco about letting his subconscious inspire his painting, how he never thought being an out star portraying a gay character would be possible and why it was a no-brainer to return.

So when Y&R head writer and executive producer Maria Arena Bell called Bierdz for a lunch date in February, the timing seemed perfect for a comeback. By the time the check came he had rejoined the cast. “It was a no-brainer,” Bierdz says, adding that he recognizes the debt he owes to those who paved the way for his return. “I never thought being an out star playing a gay role would be possible,” he admits. “I doubt I’d be back on Y&R without the insane success of Nuke. All it takes is for one soap to prove it can be done and then the rest follow.”