Minnesota native who stars in hit Russian sitcom comes out as gay

Odin Biron in the Russian sitcom, "Interns." Staff Reports

Odin Biron in the Russian sitcom, "Interns."

Odin Biron in the Russian sitcom, “Interns.”

MOSCOW — The U.S.-born star of the hit Russian sitcom “Interns,” has come out as gay after four years on the show.

Odin Biron, 30, came out in an interview with New York magazine “Vulture.”

“I’ve never lied,” he said. “Journalists ask, ‘What do you think of Russian women?’ ‘Well, Russian women are beautiful.’ ‘Do you have a girlfriend right now?’ ‘No, I don’t.'”

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The Minnesota native plays Phil, a bright-eyed American doctor trying to negotiate life in Russia, whose character is heterosexual but is the child of gay fathers.

The sitcom, a Russian take on “Scrubs,” has ranked among that country’s most popular TV shows since its premiere in 2010.

Biron’s friend and co-star is flamboyant actor and Orthodox priest Ivan Okhlobystin, who has advocated for criminalization of homosexuality and once remarked that Russia should “burn gays in the oven.”

Okhlobystin tweeted on Tuesday that he was “cursing fate” after “learning that his friend Odin is a sodomite.”

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