Matilda star Mara Wilson is fighting for more ‘boring’ bi representation
Mara Wilson has called for more boring representation of bisexual people in film and television.
The Matilda star opened up about LGBT representation on the comedy podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno.
The podcast is a series hosted by Jamie Morton, who reads out chapters from the erotic books that his 60-year-old father has written with his friends, James Cooper and Alice Levine.
In extra episodes, the hosts invite special guests to break down the hilariously cringe worthy books and this week Wilson was invited on.
The star explained that she had been arguing for more “boring bisexual representation”.
“A lot of (bisexual) people are villains, they’re evil or they’re super sexy and I’m just sitting here drinking tea just trying to get my cats to come over,” she quipped.
The actor, who recently starred on Broad City, explained that as a bisexual person it did not mean she found “everybody attractive”, a common misconception of the sexuality.
She added: “For some people, they find more people attractive but I’m still picky so it just means there’s more than one gender that I’m bad at dating.”
Wilson, who is also known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street spoke about being cast in certain roles and drew differences between some of the other female actors she had gone head-to-head with for a part.
“Kristin Steward, Evan Rachel Wood and I all went out for each other’s parts.
“We all looked different but I looked back on it and I was like we all either grew up to be gay or bisexual.
“Casting directors know what they’re doing,” she said.
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Sharing a photo of her younger self, she said: “Me at a gay club when I was eighteen. I feel embarrassed looking at it now… being a “straight girl” where I clearly didn’t belong, but I will say, I felt so welcomed.
“I have never had a better experience at a club than I did then. Great music and people. And one of my friends met his partner that night!”.
She continued: “But the LGBTQ community has always felt like home, especially a few years later when I, uh, learned something about myself.
“I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I’ve embraced the Bi/Queer label lately.”
The star explained that she sat on the Kinsey scale at a 2, between 0 being exclusively straight and 6 being exclusively gay.