Lee Pace admits he felt “safe” growing up in a queer community as he speaks about playing queer characters on screen in a new interview.
Pace, who publicly came out last year, starred in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s play “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes”.
Pace played Joe Pitt, a closeted gay Mormon working for Roy Cohn, the closeted lawyer who died of AIDS.
Admitting the production gave him a better understanding of the queer community, Pace tells Variety: “I’ve always felt very safe, you know? I was in the drama department in high school. I went to Julliard. I’ve been playing queer characters. My first movie I played a trans character.
“I’ve never felt the danger of that, you know? So, to walk in the shoes of someone who, that danger is so real that he can’t utter it, it taught me something about myself and about my community… We’re not all so lucky to get the free pass in life.”
Pace, who plays John DeLorean in the new biopic “Driven”, also talks about a possible “Pushing Daisies” reunion, insisting he and show creator Bryan Fuller “are always scheming about it.”
He adds of the comedy, which ran from 2007 to 2009: “Whenever we see each other, we’re like, ‘Oh, God, wouldn’t it be great to get the gang back together and do something?’ I think he’s got a really fun idea for the story.”