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Lee Pace on being out publicly as a gay man: “It feels nicer than I ever thought it would be”

I’ve been a fan of Lee Pace ever since Soldier’s Girl.

Now that he’s come out publicly, I have to say I’m now as a big a fan of his as a person.

He’s profiled in The New York Times this week. Here is an excerpt:

Onstage, in Joe Pitt’s coming out (in Angels in America), Mr. Pace sticks on a few particular lines: “I want to live now. Maybe for the first time ever. And I can be anything. Anything I need to be.”

“I remember after it had happened, I was able to say that,” Mr. Pace said, recognizing the thrill of freedom in it. “I can be anything. Once you say those words and the sky doesn’t fall down, or the earth doesn’t open up, a lightning bolt doesn’t zap you. You really can be anything.”

So he has embraced the opportunity. “It feels nicer,” he said, “than I ever thought it would be.”

Of the professional impact he says:

“I’m curious to know what it’s going to do to my work,” he said. “I’ve played very different characters, and I don’t think that’s going to change. I guess I’m curious to see if this influences that, and the kinds of roles that come my way. Or in people’s perception of the work that I do.”

But he is confident in the future. “The work speaks for itself,” he said, “and I trust that.”

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