Peter Paige

Peter Paige


4/10/1968, West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name

Peter Paige


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Peter Paige is an accomplished actor, director, and playwright who has worked on countless theatrical productions in New York and at regional theaters around the country, not to mention numerous television and film projects. Paige lived in seven different states before graduating from high school. Started acting at…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter had to do a full frontal shot in episode 114 of Queer as Folk.

    • Peter stars on an MTV animated series, Rick and Steve. He plays the main character, Steve.

    • He originally auditioned to play Ted on Queer as Folk, but they told him he was better suited for the role of Emmett Honeycutt.

    • Peter lost the role of Jack on Will and Grace, to Hayes. He auditioned only 5 minutes after him.

    • His biggest guilty pleasure is candy.

    • What annoys him the most is being controlled, especially passive-aggressively.

    • Shaun Cassidy was his first celebrity crush.

    • He considers himself a great cribbage player.

    • His favorite Village Person is the Policeman.

    • He is an openly gay actor.

    • In November of 2006, Peter Paige was honored with the Equality Award by the HRC (Human Rights Campaign.)

    • Some of Peter Paige's special skills are: Armed/ unarmed combat; Dialects - any on request; Extensive period movement training; Commedia dell'arte; Spanish, some French, some American Sign Language; Some trapeze.

    • Peter attended an arts high school in Raleigh, N.C. and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in theatre arts.

    • Peter spent summer 2004 starring in his feature directorial debut, Say Uncle, alongside Kathy Najimy, Anthony Clark, Melanie Lynskey, and Gabrielle Union.

    • New movie written by, directed by and starring Peter Paige gets WOWS on premier!
      Peter Paige, one of the more openly gay characters both on and off screen, is an accomplished thespian and professional dancer. Rave reviews of his movie, "Say Uncle" may signal a further flourishing future after the last Queer As Folk airs on August 7th.
      Paige plays a character named "Paul" who is functioning on a childlike level in adult society. Kathy Najimy (Veronica's Closet) is a judgemental, misunderstanding antagonist that Peter has written with such care that no one 'misunderstands' where she's coming from. It's where many of us may find ourselves in similar situations, whether we admit it or not, whether we actually see it or not.
      Looking for a distributor at this time, remember the name and check on Peter's fan site(s) often to support him. After all, he's been awfully good to us by sharing his talent and his gentle honesty.

  • Quotes

    • Peter: Coming out is the single most important thing you can do for yourself and the community at large. It is the most powerful social and political statement you can make. Come out to everyone you know, because when you come out, you challenge all the lies and stereotypes that people have attached to our community. Coming out is never easy, but it is the best thing you can do for yourself. You deserve it. You deserve to live in a world where you don't apologize for who you are, so claim that for yourself. It is not anybody else's job to give you the life you deserve.

    • Peter: My coming out process was pretty good. I dated some guys in high school and a few of my friends knew about it. I think coming out is really an ongoing process, though. For me, the bulk of it occurred during college. I was lucky–my friends and family were supportive and I never lost a friend or anything like that.

    • Peter: I realized very quickly on Queer as Folk that as an actor you are really just a part of the machine and if you want to play a role in the real storytelling, you need be involved as a writer or a director. For me, I used Queer as Folk as "graduate school" to learn as much as I could about what happens on the other side of the camera. I would never just sit in my trailer when I wasn't filming. I would always go on the set, sit by the director, ask questions, and visit every department and learn about what they did and how it contributed to the overall production.

    • Peter: I walked in and read for Ted, but everyone there told me to trust them. They said you want to read for Emmett. After the first few lines, they were convinced. And it was Emmett for the next five years.

    • Peter: I had every confidence that I could direct. I knew I could do it. It was my story, and who better to bring it to life than me?

    • Peter: I had every confidence that I could direct. I knew I could do it. It was my story, and who better to bring it to life than me?

    • Peter: There is something about the question, 'What's it like to kiss a guy?' that is innately homophobic. What does it matter? You'd never in a million years ask an actor who was doing an interracial relationship what it was like to kiss a black person.

    • Peter: The one thing we need to do to make people safe is work on self-esteem. It's the biggest problem in our community.

  • Honeycutt

    Jump up and down, dance all around, be who you are. These are the thing that come to mind when I look at Peter's character of Queer as Folk (a beloved show and favorite of mine). I sometimes forget that he isn't Emmett, the character seemed to be what was inside of Peter bursting to come out and come out (most people will unedrstand this reference). It seems as though as time went by and Peter spent more time in the role the character that had been buried in him came out off screen, though he was always out and out on screen. And I know I speak for all of us when I saw he's a fabulous character, on and off screen.moreless