During an emotional TedX talk, Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace came out as gay.
For the first time, Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace, 39, has opened up about his sexuality.
The Argentinian actor — who plays Fernando on the popular Netflix sitcom — talked about being gay and encountering homophobia as a child in Buenos Aires.
While speaking at a TEDx event, the star revealed: “Acceptance was my fuel, and when that is the case, like an addict, you do whatever it takes to get a fix. I figured if I changed my f*****g self, I could be in.”
He stated he found acceptance within himself when he emigrated to a different country to attend college. Di Pace remembered his role as Jesus Christ in the miniseries, A.D. The Bible Continues.
“Many years later and still justifying my being gay with my critic, I get offered the role of a lietime: Jesus Christ,” he continued. “Well, you know, of all the people in the world that could play this part, they gave it to me.
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“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?”
Di Pace emphasized that he experienced an “overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance and freedom” that he couldn’t describe. He believes the sensation could have been a message from a higher power.
He added: “Words are like universes and we are musicians who can create universes with them.”
Since 2016, The actor has portrayed Fernando in the Full House reboot. He has also appeared in Mamma Mia and Dallas and competed on the 27th season of Dancing With the Stars.
All seasons of Fuller House are available to stream on Netflix, and the final season premieres later this year.