By Nigel Smith
March 06, 2018 09:55 AM

Actor Lee Pace has come out as a “member of the queer community” in the wake of a recent interview in which he said he has dated both men and women — but declined to label his sexuality.

“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,” he tweeted Monday. “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, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am,” he continued.

Pace, 38, then highlighted the “queer characters” he’s played with “dignity” over the course of his career, in projects like HBO’s The Normal Heart and Angels in America, the play he’s currently performing on Broadway opposite Andrew Garfield.

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Lee Pace
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In a February interview with W magazine, Pace said it was important for gay actors to play gay roles, prompting the interviewer to ask if he identified as gay.

“I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women,” Pace said, declining to put a label on his sexuality.

“I don’t know why anyone would care,” he retorted when pressed. “I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say — I find your question intrusive.”

The private star has previously avoided talking about his personal life for the sake of his career.

“Who cares about people’s personal lives? I mean, honestly. How are you then able to disappear into a role? Trust me, if I had something interesting to say about myself, I would,” Pace told Buzzfeed in May 2014.

“To be honest, the characters I play are revealing enough,” he said.