The story of the Hollywood closet is a long and sad one with LGBT actors often choosing to hide their sexuality due to not just discrimination but by companies who fear discrimination by audiences and impacting their potential box-office or even brand image.
Things have slowly gotten better with out actors from Ian McKellen to Matt Bomer now able to have proper film and TV careers, but that hasn’t stopped the discrimination or the fear with many LGBT actors still remaining in the closet because of concern over lost opportunities.
One person who won’t be closeted though is 29-year-old “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart who spoke with Harper’s Bazaar about the discrimination she’s faced in Hollywood based on her sexuality. After years of protecting intimate aspects of her life, Stewart says the lack of freedom became all too restricting:
“I think I just wanted to enjoy my life, and that took precedence over protecting my life, because in protecting it, I was ruining it. Like what, you can’t go outside with who you’re with? You can’t talk about it in an interview?
I was informed by an old school mentality, which is – you want to preserve your career and your success and your productivity, and there are people in the world who don’t like you, and they don’t like that you date girls, and they don’t like that you don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘lesbian,’ but you also don’t identify as a quote unquote ‘heterosexual,’ And people like to know stuff, so what the f— are you?’
I just think we’re all kind of getting to a place where – I don’t know, evolution’s a weird thing – we’re all becoming incredibly ambiguous, and it’s this really gorgeous thing.
She also doesn’t care about the impact her forthrightness might have on her career as in the past she was told to tone down her sexuality:
“I’ve fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favor and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie’. I don’t want to work with people like that.”
Stewart stars in Amazon Studios’ “Seberg” and is one of the key ladies at the heart of the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot in November. You can read the full Harper’s Bazaar interview by clicking here.