Matt McGorry, the hunky prison guard with a heart of gold (and a leg of wood) in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," is living out his hunky heart-of-goldedness in real life. (Or, as he might say, "IRL.")
In the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan, McGorry writes an emotional and vulnerable essay (filled with webspeak) about coming to realize he was raised as a feminist without knowing it. And that he's ready to embrace what feminism has done for him and how he's ready to name it with the F-word (and walk the walk and all that).
Kudos for McGorry. He'll make a great dad some day—IF he that's what he wants, which is totally his choice, and we promise not to ask him or expect it of him or think less of him if he chooses to live single (or married or cohabiting—or all three), and consciously choose to be child-free.
McGorry's embrace of feminism has a surprising (and rather recent) genesis. He names Emma Watson's powerful speech to the U.N. as a turning point. He likens it to falling in love (with an idea, not Watson—or, maybe?).
"The moment I heard Watson say, 'If not me, who? If not now, when?' I felt a shift inside of me. It wasn't the chicken burrito that I had scarfed down 15 minutes prior, but the rare and instantly recognizable feeling that I would never be the same. I now know that the feeling reminded me of falling in love," he wrote in Cosmopolitan.
Turns out, her words made him cry—something he's not ashamed to admit.
This outspokenness on behalf of women—and also, he points out, #BlackLivesMatter—is relatively new for McGorry. He said he used to be reluctant, what with not want to piss people off or wreck his career. But lately, he's decided to step up and use his platform for this kind of good. He has no regrets.
"Much like finding someone to love, you can't really know what to look for in a social cause until it crosses your path. You can use all the words that you want to describe what you're looking for, but at the end of the day, when you find the right one at the right point in your life, you'll know. But you have to be open to the possibility in the first place. And now that I've had my own awakening of sorts, it's turned out to be a more incredible path than I could have imagined," he writes.
He's gained thousands of followers on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms. It's also worth noting the guy's got Internet speak down, talking about haters, sending regards to Felicia and (though slightly dated) invoking "YOLO."
McGorry makes a great ally. So much so, we're crying rivers of unselfconscious tears of gratitude.