Lee Pace Responds to Backlash Over Awkward Interview

· Updated on May 28, 2018

Lee Pace has long been the object of a many a gay affection. Starring in such titles as Pushing Daisies, Halt and Catch Fire, and the upcoming Broadway revival of Angels in America, he’s taken on roles that are both whimsical and intense, serving as a testament to his natural charm. But outside of his career, his personal life has remained under the radar.

That’s why the inevitable question of his sexuality has always been a point of interest for many fans. In 2012, The Hobbit costar, Ian McKellen implied that Pace was openly gay while promoting the film. Although he’s never officially come out, it’s remained speculation, if not an unspoken truth among his followers.

Thanks to a recent W Magazine interview, that truth is no longer unspoken. In regards to playing gay roles in Broadway performances of both The Normal Heart and Angels in America, Pace admitted to dating both men and women. But the long-overdue confession didn’t come without some awkward tension.

“I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women,” Pace told W. “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.”

Although it was a relevant question, given his role in the revival of a groundbreaking queer play, his sentiments about privacy as a queer public figure have long been shared by others in the industry. Still, his reluctant coming out has been the subject of much Twitter banter.

And it was apparently enough to prompt Pace to break his silence once more. He took to Twitter this morning to expand on his response to the question. He explains that he’s a proud member of the queer community who values his privacy and prefers to keep the focus on his work, which includes multiple queer roles. He follows it up with a GIF of Missy Elliotso, checkmate!

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