Take two

Do-Over: Lee Pace comes out (again), says he “happily owns” his sexuality

Actor Lee Pace made headlines last week after he begrudgingly came out during a recent interview with W magazine.

“I’ve dated men [and] I’ve dated women. I don’t know why anyone would care,” the 38-year-old actor said. “I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.”

Needless to say, the whole thing didn’t go over so well. Some people argued that actors and celebrities have a right to privacy, while others insisted performing in high-profile queer roles like in the Broadway reboot Angels in America demand a little honesty.

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Now, Pace is hoping for a re-do on the whole coming out thing by saying he “happily owns” being part of the LGBT community in his private life. In a three-part tweet this morning, Pace tried setting the record straight, writing:

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.

Sometimes even the best actors need a second take.

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