Juan Pablo Di Pace, actor on the Netflix hit series Fuller House, has come out as gay following a TedX talk where he spoke about his experience of growing up in Argentina. He opened up for the first time about accepting his sexuality in a powerful TedX talk ‘The Story of Your Life’, filmed in March and released in June.
He expressed, “Acceptance was my fuel, and when that is the case, like an addict, you do whatever it takes to get a fix”.
Speaking in Maastricht, the Netherlands, Juan crafted his personal story throughout the arts and coming to terms with his sexuality. He opened the talk with an exploration into how feeling unworthy deeply impacts a child.
The audience were given insight into Juan’s art, from drawing cartoon pornography in his early years to his role as Jesus in the miniseries ‘A.D, the Bible continues’.
During the TedX talk, Juan said, “In order to please others, what do you do, really, you change”.
For many years, he denied his own sexuality, keeping it hidden from the world. Acting was not only a job for him but a means of gaining acceptance from other people.
“We humans are all critics, […] we come up with stories in our minds all day long, for some of us we are the hero, for others the victim, and for most of us we are a mixture of both,” said Juan.
Alongside his TV work, Juan Pablo Di Pace is also a singer and director for stage with starring roles in musicals such as Mamma Mia, Chicago, and many more.
You can expect to see his character, Fernando, on Fuller House for more time to come as it has been renewed by Netflix for a fifth and final season which will be aired in late 2019.
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