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His character on HBO's Hung has been strictly a ladies' man -- but off screen, Thomas Jane says he's more sexually flexible. In a revealing interview with The Los Angeles Times, Jane, 42, describes having sexual experiences with men when he first moved to Los Angeles to become an actor.
"You're a lot more open to experimentation as a young man," admits Jane. "And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. And probably because of my middle-class, white blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to challenge myself in that way."
Jane, who plays a middle-class male prostitute on the cable dramedy, says that his relationships with men "blew the doors off" his conservative upbringing. But he admits that some of his sexual experiences were less about freedom than about paying the bills.
"You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car," recalls Jane. "I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?"
Jane, who recently finalized his divorce from actress Patricia Arquette, says that he "chose to be a heterosexual guy" because "that's what my DNA dictates." But, he adds, "It's not a choice until you're open enough to experience both male and female sexuality."
"Until you've tasted the food, you don't know whether you'll like it or not, as my mom always said," jokes the actor.