In the bulletin, Thomas explains that he has previously played gay characters (at ages 12, 15, and 17) and that neither him nor his management have ever had a problem with him playing a gay character. He said he created and developed the character Zach to be hetrosexual and wanted him portrayed as an outcast with a burning love for [[Claire]], based on the original script which stated that Zach was in love with Claire. Thomas goes on to state that he was never under any contract with [[NBC]] and was hired per episode. He was no longer allowed to be cast in episodes for ''Heroes'' afer he landed the part of John in the ''Sarah Connor Chronicles''. He also stated that he would like to portray a gay character again in the future with full knowledge of that characters sexuality so he can give the character the kind of development and performace the character would deserve.