Thomas Jane was a teen prostitute

Oct 3, 2011 at 10:42 p.m. ET

Thomas Jane was a male prostitute as a teen, he says.

Thomas JaneHung star Thomas Jane has revealed his shocking past: He was a homeless teen hooker.

The actor told the LA Times that back in the day, when he was homeless and broke, he would trade sexual favors for a meal.

"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," Jane said. "I was 18. I wasn't adverse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?"

"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 flavors," Jane explained.

"You're a lot more open to experimentation as a young man. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity."

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"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."

"It blew the doors off of my conventional upbringing and thinking and opened up possibilities for me that were akin to World War III," Jane said. "And then you actually have a choice, and I chose to be a heterosexual guy because that's what my DNA dictates and my nurture dictates that I am."

Jane divorced actress Patricia Arquette in June.

It is definitely a case of art imitating life for Thomas Jane: He plays a high school teacher and coach who resorts to male prostitution to get through the recession on HBO's Hung.

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