Date of Birth : Mar 25th 1979
In 1997, Pace was accepted to the Juilliard School’s drama division. While there he acted in several plays including, Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Richard II in the title role and Julius Caesar as Casius, among others. He eventually graduated with a BFA.
After graduation, Pace starred in several off-Broadway plays including: The Credaux Canvas and The Fourth Sister. He also starred in a production of Small Tragedy by Craig Lucas, which is being adapted into a 2007 film (see Small Tragedy). For this role, he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor. In 2006, Pace starred in the two-character play Guardians by Peter Morris. Guardians earned Pace his second nomination for a Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Actor.
Pace first gained recognition for his role in the 2003 film Soldier’s Girl. Pace played the central role of Calpernia Addams, a transgendered woman dating Army soldier Barry Winchell (played by Troy Garity). Winchell was subsequently murdered because of his sexuality and his relationship with Addams. Of the role, Pace said:”Not even my excellent training at Juilliard prepared me for my first movie role, where I played a transsexual who falls in love with a military guy in Soldier’s Girl. Here I was, this 6’3″ 190-pound lanky kid from Chickasha, Oklahoma, not knowing how to begin being a woman. So I saw documentaries about transsexuals, I lost twenty-five pounds, and I put on prosthetic boobs and hips to become that character. There were times I’d look in the mirror and wonder ‘what am I doing to my life here? My dad is going to kill me!’ But the reason I went into acting was to be able to play parts as complicated and important as this one. In playing a transsexual, I got the chance to help change people’s perspective about other people and that is a powerful thing. I’m playing a swashbuckling bandit in my next film, but I’ll always be proud of Soldier’s Girl.”
Pace won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe, for his work in this film.
Pace played Aaron Tyler in the acclaimed, short-lived 2004 television series Wonderfalls, which was co-created by Bryan Fuller. Fuller has cast Pace in the lead role of Ned in his new series, Pushing Daisies, which currently airs on ABC.