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"Harold & Kumar" Star Kal Penn Comes Out as Gay, Reveals He's Engaged

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Actor & politician Kal Penn, known for his starring role in the cult classic "Harold & Kumar" came out as gay over the weekend.

While promoting his new memoir "You Can't Be Serious", Kal sat down with CBS News to share details of his early acting career and reveals how he met longtime partner, and now fiancé, Josh while working in the White House under the Obama administration.

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In 2009, Kal took a brief pause from acting to work on the campaign for President Barack Obama. After the election, Penn worked as an advisor to the President in the Office of Public Engagement.

In the memoir, Penn shares details of how he met his partner, telling People that on the first date Josh showed up to his apartment with an 18-pack of beer, wanting to watch Nascar races.

"I have one day off from The White House and this dude is unironically watching cars go around and make left turns? Next thing you know, it's been a couple months and we're watching NASCAR every Sunday", Kal recalled.

The House star also shared his family and friends were very supportive when he finally disclosed his sexuality.

"I discovered my own sexuality relatively late in life compared to many other people. There's no timeline on this stuff", said Penn.

Kal did reveal that a wedding is in the works, stating that he would like a "big ass Indian wedding", but his partner Josh is a bit more reserved so they may have to meet in the middle.

Penn's book will be available to purchase on Nov. 2.


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