Madonna’s new film is set to bring LGBT rights to the forefront as it introduces more much-needed gay characters to the world of film.
Based of the novel ‘The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells’ by Andrew Sean Greer, ‘Loved’ will feature a gay character that Madonna hopes will champion the fight for gay rights.
The film, which she is directing and co-writing, explores the character of Felix who is the gay twin brother of the protagonist.
“It touches on a lot of really important topics I’ve always been invested in or championed – fighting for women’s rights, gay rights, civil rights, always fighting for the underdog,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
She explained that her own experience with oppression fed into her decision to create the film.
“I’ve always felt oppressed. I know a lot of people would go, “Oh, that’s ridiculous for you to say that. You’re a successful white, wealthy pop star,” but I’ve had the shit kicked out of me for my entire career, and a large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life.”
The singer credits her “unconventional” home life for influencing her to deal with the variety of important topics.
“I’ve created a very unconventional family. I have lovers who are three decades younger than me.
“This makes people very uncomfortable. I feel like everything I do makes people feel really uncomfortable.
“Why does this book appeal to me? Why did I want to adapt it into a screenplay? Because it touches me on so many levels and it deals with so many important topics.
“Right now, more than ever, it’s an extremely timely story to tell,” she added.