Actor Tuc Watkins has come out in a discussion of how he always “knew” he was gay, and revealed he recently became the father to twins via a surrogate.

Having played gay parent Bob Hunter on the comedy-drama ‘Desperate Housewives’, Watkins appeared on a talk show hosted by Marie Osmond to promote his current soap opera, ‘One Life to Live’.

In the segment, due to air Monday, Watkins revealed that, like his ‘Desperate Housewives’ character, he is a gay parent.

“I played a gay man who was married to his husband, and was trying to adopt a kid. In real life, at the same time, I’m a gay single man who was trying to have a kid through surrogacy. So life and artwork imitated each other.”

Watkins is now father to twins, Catchen and Curtis, born four months ago.

Asked by the host “Did you get the idea [to have children] from playing that character?” he replied: “The idea was already there.

“I think a lot of people at some point in there lives think, ‘Am I going to be a parent? Do I want to be a parent?’ And when I was young I knew three things. I knew I was gay, I knew one day I was going to be a dad, and I knew Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ was going to be the best movie of all time.”

‘Desperate Housewives’ received a GLAAD award in 2009 for media contributions to equality and gay marriage.