Thomas Jane, the star of HBO series ‘Hung’, has revealed he worked as a male prostitute when he first arrived in Hollywood.
The 42-year-old actor told the Los Angeles Times that he was homeless and slept with men and women for money.
He said: “I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?
“You grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual flavours.”
The star, who recently divorced Patricia Arquette, said that while he is straight, he was open to experimentation at the times.
“You’re a lot more open to experimentation as a young man. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity,” he said.
Jane, who plays gigolo Ray Drecker in ‘Hung’, added: “Probably because of my middle-class, white blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to challenge myself in that way.
“I chose to be a heterosexual guy because that’s what my DNA dictates and my nurture dictates that I am.’
“It’s not a choice until you’re open enough to experience both male and female sexuality,” he concluded. ‘”Until you’ve tasted the food, you don’t know whether you’ll like it or not, as my mom always said.”