Kristen Stewart wants to play a ‘gay’ superhero
When asked at the Toronto International Film Festival what kind of superhero she would like to play, Kristen Stewart had just one requirement: “A gay one!”
Last week, in a Harper’s Bazaar interview, Stewart said that she had been told to hide her sexuality in order to better her career.
“I have fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favour, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie,’” she said, ahead of the release of the Charlie’s Angels reboot this month.
On Saturday, September 7, she told Variety in an interview at the film festival: “That’s been a conversation that’s always existed. I’ve always radically rejected it.”
The interviewer referenced the Harper’s Bazaar story, saying: “It would be pretty cool if you heard from Marvel after that interview.”
Stewart said she only specifically mentioned Marvel because it was an example of “a big conglomerate-y type thing”, but when Marvel star Anthony Mackie, who was sitting next to her, was asked: “Anthony, what superhero should Kristen be?” Stewart cut in, proclaiming: “A gay one!”
Kristen Stewart said that the conversation about sexuality is “more on the main stage” now.
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She added that she feels “lucky to be able to reap the benefits of a new generation that accepts the progress of the conversation” about sexuality.
Stewart continued: “It’s nice to be able to talk about that in a way that people really understand now. Instead of sounding like I’m being crazy, like, ‘Don’t put me in a box! Ambiguity’s a cool thing!’
“Now, it’s, like ‘duh’. Before, I had to say it like it was some far out idea. Now it’s more on the main stage, which is rad.”