Lee Pace Now Claims He “Happily Owns” Being Part Of The Queer Community

"That’s how I’ve always lived my life," says Pace, who previously called questions about his sexuality "intrusive."

Lee Pace is currently starring on Broadway in Angels in America as closeted Mormon Joe Pitt, but the 38-year-old actor says he “happily owns” being part of the LGBT community in his private life.

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Pace had originally given an interview to W magazine, where he seemed irritated at questions about his sexuality.

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

Almost immediately after the interview ran, though, critics pointed out he had taken some pretty high-profile LGBT roles in Showtime’s A Soldier’s Girl, the recent revival of The Normal Heart, the new staging of Angels, and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire as bisexual Joe McMillan.

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Perhaps that gave him a chance to reconsider his perspective: On Twitter, Pace 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,” he added, “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.”

The W interview sparked quite a debate, with some arguing actors have a right to privacy and others insisting taking high-profile queer roles like Angels’ Joe Pitt and Heart’s Bruce Niles demand a little honesty.

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