Lee Pace covers Mr. Porter: ‘I don’t feel I owe anyone an explanation’

Lee Pace is currently promoting Bodies Bodies Bodies, where he plays the older boyfriend of some kind of trust fund youth, at a house party full of trust fund youths. The fact that he said “yes” to some kind of Generation Z horror movie is… weird? But what do I know, Pace has kind of a strange CV. To promote the film, he covers Mr. Porter, and the interview took place in Paris. Pace was there with his partner Matthew Foley, the VP of communications for Thom Browne. Pace walked in the Thom Browne show. Some highlights from the interview:

He doesn’t mess with his face: “I like wrinkles,” and extols the virtues of ageing gracefully and a life well-lived.

His Instagram full of thirst traps: “It felt misanthropic not to participate in [social media].”

He built his house in upstate New York. “The dream of building that house and living up there was a dream of self-sufficiency,” he says. When he’s not travelling for work, he’s creating a garden (also visible on Instagram) and scavenging for green beans. This summer, he wants to go to the Adirondacks and “hit those peaks”. He finally put electricity into the house and next, perhaps, is plumbing. “I like to think [if I were not an actor] I would live in the country and farm, but I’d probably go stir-crazy.”

His peaceful, Zen character in Bodies: “I feel Greg is a lot like me. He’s relaxed and there to have a good time. He’s kind of along for the ride, passive inside their world.”

Movie stardom is distasteful to him: “I don’t want to be evil with being well known. The gimme, gimme, gimme – the faces of that are pretty ugly in our world. I think when I look in that direction, I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of people pushing each other.” He is also uncomfortable with the exposure of fame and the expectations that come with it. “I don’t feel I owe anyone an explanation. I don’t feel anyone owes anyone anything, really.”

Still, he likes to work: “Playing characters who are interesting, working with cool directors and collaborators – that’s the part I love. I didn’t want to perform myself for people. I have more freedom with what I do the less people know about me. What a hypocrite I am. You’ll see me in a month and I’ll be wearing borrowed clothes.”

[From Mr. Porter]

Pace is 43 years old and he’s been in and around the film and television industry long enough to see how the game is played and make his own choices about how to play it. Which is probably why he bought the land in upstate New York and built a home up there, so he’ll always have something that no one can touch. That’s his getaway plan. But yes, he absolutely could have been a major movie star. Come on! Handsome, tall, great actor, respectful of his peers? He could have had it all. I kind of like that he chose a different path.

Cover & IG courtesy of Mr. Porter.

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  1. K says:

    His talent is matched only by his hotness. Good lord.

  2. Jo says:

    I… have no words. This man just leaves me dry mouthed, heart beating faster than normal and his account is my guilty pleasure. [braggadocious alert: my hubby is a L Pace type so I have a very good excuse to ogle Pace’s Instagram account when I am traveling for work ok?!].

    On a more serious note he did say in an interview that his first agent dropped him when he found out he was queer so I am sure he is very weary of the lead gorgeous character casting and has been super clever with his roles IMO.

    • Normades says:

      That’s awful about the agent and I don’t get the mentality. Even here I’ve seen comments saying they were disappointed to see that tel actor was gay. Takes nothing away for me. They are actors!

      • Jo says:

        I don’t get it either but he does say that a few people told him not to come out.
        I lust over him regardless of his sexual orientation 😉
        I think this just proves how twisted celebrity culture is. The projection is real.
        Also love his wrinkles. Flattened faces freak me out. I don’t get this new tweaked aesthetic.

  3. Normades says:

    This dude was not on my radar but wow he’s hot! Dressing like a younger but still age appropriate for my thirst.
    One thing, nice he likes his wrinkles (I like his wrinkles too). But only middle aged men can get away with that in hwood.

  4. Lexilla says:

    I’ve loved him since “The Fall.” Great film!!!

  5. Alice in wonderland says:

    Honking for Lee Pace. So talented and very handsome. Seems like such a lovely chap, the kind you’d like to have over for dinner or go on a hike with. Le sigh.

  6. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Lee Pace will always be Thranduil from the Hobbit movies to me! Just 🔥🔥🔥

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      100% THIS⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
      I don’t usually watch movies, but I have seen The Hobbit like a bazillion times, just to salivate over Thranduil

  7. schmootc says:

    I started rewatching Pushing Daisies lately and will probably move on to Halt and Catch Fire soon. I never caught the latter when it was on and it’s not on Netflix anymore, so will have to sub AMC+ to watch it, but whatever. The question is do I try and squeeze it into the one week trial or do I stretch it out?

    • Alice says:

      I adore Halt. Lee Pace is magnificent. You can’t take your eyes off him. But the rest of the cast is also outstanding and the whole thing is wonderfully well done.

      ENJOY IT.

      • Deering24 says:

        He was right tasty in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, as well. Him and Luke Evans…sigh! 🥰🥰

      • Anners says:

        Ooh ya – Lee Pace and Luke Evans – I will watch *anything* they’re in (fans self dramatically)

  8. Elise says:

    It makes me giggle when these stars talk about their homes in ‘upstate NY’ and they mean 1- 2 hours north of Manhattan. My husband is from St. Lawrence County which is 1/2 hour from the Canadian border and 8 hours north of the city. Now, that’s really upstate lol

  9. jferber says:

    Yes, extremely hot. And I like his attitude a lot. Very chill and normal.