Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace breaks silence after coming out in awkward, ‘intrusive’ interview
Guardians of the Galaxy star Lee Pace has opened up about coming out in an interview last week.
The actor, who played Ronan the Accuser in the Marvel film, came out in an awkward interview to W Magazine.
In the interview Pace appeared to be taken aback by questions about his personal life, saying: “I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women.
“I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.”
The actor remained silent on the awkward exchange as it went to print.
However, he finally addressed it on social media this week.
Taking to Twitter, the actor wrote: “In a recent phone interview, I was asked questions that I wasn’t expecting and found myself momentarily at a loss for the right words. My privacy is important to me, so I protect it. When interviewed by the media, I keep the focus on my work.
“As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am.
“That’s how I’ve always lived my life just as it’s been important to me to portray queer characters with dignity for my entire career: A Soldier’s Girl (Showtime. 2003). The Normal Heart (Broadway. 2011). Halt and Catch Fire (AMC. 2014-2017). Angels in America. (Broadway. NOW.)
“Onward, with Pride.”
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As Pace referenced, he has played a number of queer characters across his career.
He also starred in campy TV series Pushing Daisies, alongside gay icons Kristen Chenoweth and Ellen Greene.
In the Angels of America revival, he will play Joe Pitt, who is a closeted gay Mormon.
He has played a wide range of characters including gay and bisexual men before.
“Our understanding of what it means to be gay is just so different,” Pace said to W.
“It’s culturally different. It’s just so much further down the road. It’s an interesting thing for me to think about in this moment while working on this play.”