'Hung' Star Thomas Jane on Sex, Drugs and Sobriety

'Hung' Star Thomas Jane on Sex, Drugs and Sobriety

By Anna David 12/20/11

Squelching gay-for-pay rumors, Hung's Thomas Jane opens up about the DUI that was actually a failed suicide attempt, and how waking up in jail to a cop asking for his autograph got him to clean up his life.

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Do you help runaway prostitute kids because you relate to their experiences? I read the LA Times story where you talked about “exploring your sexual identity” and how you weren’t “averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich” when you were broke and living in your car. Were you a gay prostitute, the way all those stories said you were?

No, I never said that. But I do work with the prostitute kids now.

So you were misquoted?

Yeah, definitely. In the interviews that I did, I never said I was a prostitute. I was talking about my [early] time in Hollywood: I said that I’d had a sexually adventurous time and I was trying to relate that to how I play a prostitute on TV—trying to relate my experience to my character’s experience—and well, people heard what they wanted to hear. Things fly around.

You didn’t try to correct them? That’s a pretty big misconception to have out there.

I didn’t even know this was out there until people told me. I suppose “sexually adventurous youth” wasn’t as much of a headline grabber.

Anna David is the Executive Editor of The Fix and the author of the books Party Girl, BoughtReality Matters and Falling For Me. She's written about sex addiction and gambling addiction, among many other topics, for The Fix.