Thomas Jane, the star of the HBO series Hung, has denied he said he once worked the streets of Los Angeles as a male prostitute.

Jane, who plays a struggling divorcee and father of two teenagers moonlighting as a male prostitute to make ends meet, suggested in an interview with The Los Angeles Times that he once prostituted in real life.

“You know, 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 told the Times. “I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”

“Being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. 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.”

But in a interview with The Fix, Jane says people misunderstood what he was saying.

“I never said I was a prostitute,” Jane said. “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.”

(Related: Thomas Jane proud of gay role.)