This one’s pretty much confirmed, but we thought we’d put it out there anyway incase ay of you were unaware. Lee Pace is in fact gay.
Way back in 2012 Ian McKellen lodged his foot firmly into his mouth during a german interview while doing press for The Hobbit. When queried on being a gay man in the industry, McKellen referenced the emergence of gay actors in the movie franchise alone, while accidentally outing a few of his glass closeted co-stars.
Translated from German the statement read: “I would say that has been done in this regard in the last ten years in the industry a lot. Just look only how many openly gay actors in the “Hobbit” with were: two of the dwarves, to Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace. In “The Lord of the Rings” I was the only one next to it there was my make-up artist and one from the wardrobe team.”
While himself, Steven Fry, and Luke Evans were all out, though Evans seemed to go in and out as the time suited, the second dwarf actor was left a mystery while Lee Pace was name-checked. Clearly not keeping up with the gossip column, McKellen did not realise Pace was only out personally. Plus, if we’re going to trust the word of a fellow actor, Sir Ian McKellen is definitely one we would listen to.
Pace currently held a starring role in the short-lived but cult programme Pushing Daisies before moving to the big screen in a number of blockbusters including The Hobbit franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy and the final Twilight instalment. Most recently you can catch the actor in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.
Though it was a few years back, the actor has yet to comment on the speculation.