EDGE Rewind: Lee Pace Addresses 'Heartstopper' Actor Kit Connor's Coming Out Experience

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday March 1, 2023
Originally published on November 23, 2022

Lee Pace
Lee Pace  (Source:Instagram)

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In a new interview, actor Lee Pace is opening up about his coming out while slamming the recent treatment controversy surrounding "Heartstopper" actor Kit Connor, which saw the actor come out as bisexual against his will.

As reported by Just Jared, Pace called Connor's treatment by the media and toxic fans on online "absurd."

"I never really thought I was in. I never felt like that was a choice I made. But the media has a way of talking about things. I feel strongly, and did then as I do now, that I reserve my right to contain multitudes, and I would wish the same for all other actors," Pace told Vulture. "I reserve my right to explore all the different facets of humanity through my work and in my life."

Pace came out in 2018 during a The New York Times interview.

Speaking about Heartstopper, Pace called Connor's situation a "Tower of Babel."

"I look at him, and he's so great in the show, and all I think is, 'I want to see what else you do. I want to see all of the people you inhabit in your career.' I actually don't care about anything else," said Pace. "I don't want to know it; it's none of my business anyway. I'd rather take your word for it than some kind of hot take on it, you know? He'll choose to reveal himself in the work he does, in the way he interprets characters, in the way he chooses the characters he wants to play."

On the subject of personal news, Lee confirmed that he has indeed married to his longtime love.

As for his dream role as a Hollywood leading man, Pace said that he would love to play legendary gay writer Walt Whitman.

"I'd hate to see the magic of him reduced into some biopic, but I always pray that there could be some form that I could work with those words because it's second to Shakespeare," he says. "He's the American master."

Check out these pics from Pace's Instagram: