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Thomas Jane, the actor and current star of HBO series Hung, has revealed for the first time that he worked as prostitute while he was homeless in his late teens.
Jane, 42, who has also starred in films such as Deep Blue Sea and The Punisher, lived in his car when he first moved to Hollywood at the age of 18 to pursue his acting career. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said that during this period he worked as a prostitute for both male and female clients at a time when he was experimenting with his sexuality.
“Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual favours,” he said. “You know, when I was a kid out here in LA, I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. 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 said his experiences on the streets had moulded his character, and made a key development to his development as both a person and an actor.
“You’re a lot more open to experimentation as a young man,” he said. “And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. It blew the doors off of my conventional upbringing and thinking and opened up possibilities for me that were akin to World War III.”