Juan Pablo Di Pace, the 39 year old Fuller House actor has come out at a TedX event where he spoke about the homophobic abuse he grew up with in Argentina.
“Acceptance was my fuel, and when that is the case, like an addict, you do whatever it takes to get a fix,” he said. “I figured, if I changed my f#cking self, I could be in.”
Catholic-raised Di Pace wrestled with his sexuality throughout his teenage years and into adulthood. Ironically, it was his casting as Jesus Christ in the miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues that he began to accept himself.
“Many years later and still justifying my being gay with my critic, I get offered the role of a lifetime: Jesus Christ,” he recalled. “Of all the people in the world that could play this part, they gave it to me.”
Di Pace continued: “So there I am, hanging on the cross in Morocco and I look up at the sky, and I think, ‘You could still strike me down with lightning. Are you sure you want me to play your son?’ Instead, what I felt was an overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance and freedom that I could never even put into words.”
“A message from God? Maybe.”
He added: “Words are like universes and we are musicians who can create universes with them.”