Kristen Stewart weighs in on straight actors portraying LGBTQ+ characters

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 25, 2020

She also went on to say, "I so acknowledge that I've just gotten to work".

Read her full interview HERE.

Stewart, who is bisexual, says she's astounded it's taken this long for a major studio to get behind such a film.

Stewart's new film Happiest Season deals with gay issues as her partner in the film is played by Mackenzie Davis, who she says is is 'not somebody who identifies as a lesbian, ' but her character is. "Having said that, it's a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I'm going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law".

"The fact that its 2020, and I think that it's the first movie depicting two women falling in love over the holidays by a studio, is kind of shocking", he said.

While Stewart adds, "There are ways for men to tell women's stories, or ways for women to tell men's stories", she added that actors "actually have to care" about the character they play. I mean, if you're telling a story about a community and they're not welcoming to you, then f**k off.

"Happiest Season, due for release on Hulu on 25 November, follows Abby (Kristen Stewart), who plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) while attending her annual family holiday celebration - where she finds out that her girlfriend is not yet out to her conservative parents".

"So I don't have a sure-shot answer for that", she said.

She later amended that if a community has an issue with an actor cast in a particular role, they should bow out. Sometimes, artfully speaking, you're just drawn to a certain group of people. "I could defend that, but I'm sure that somebody with a different perspective could make me feel bad about that - and then make me renege on everything I've just said", she added.

While acknowledging her own privilege throughout the Variety interview, Stewart makes it clear that taking away someone else's opportunity is the last thing she ever wants to do.

"I acknowledge the world that we live in", she says.

"Happiest Season" director and co-writer Clea Duvall said she felt there were was gap in the market for LGBT films with a light touch.

What are your reactions to Kristen Stewart's thoughts on straight actors playing LGBTQ+ characters?

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