Actor Lee Pace, known for his roles in Halt and Catch Fire, The Hobbit, and Pushing Daisies talked about his sexuality in an interview with W Magazine for his upcoming role in the Angels in America Broadway revival.
Pace stated that he thought it was important for gay men to act in gay roles, then seemed “surprised by the question.”
“I've dated men. I've dated women,” he said in the interview. “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.”
In the Angels revival, Pace is set to play Joe Pitt, a closeted gay Mormon man. This is not his first queer role. On Halt, Pace played a fictional bisexual tech genius, Joe McMillan. He also played a fictional gay AIDs activist, Bruce Niles, in the 2011 Broadway production of The Normal Heart.
“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.”