Kristen Stewart Reveals Attitude Shift on Her Sexuality

Actress says she was told not to hold GF's hand in public: 'I don't want to work with people like that'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
Kristen Stewart: I Was Told Not to Hold Girlfriend's Hand in Public
Actress Kristen Stewart poses for photographers at the premiere of the film "Seberg" at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Friday.   (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Kristen Stewart is seven months away from 30, a long way from the teenager she was when her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight movies catapulted her to stardom. After years of shying away from the mainstream post-Twilight, she's now starring in a reboot of Charlie's Angels, coming out in November. In an extensive interview with Harper's Bazaar UK, she talks about that choice (she really likes Elizabeth Banks, who directed the film, and "always felt she vouched for me"), her directorial debut (an adaptation of The Chronology of Water, one of her favorite books), and how she's become more comfortable with her fame over the years. Case in point: "I used to sit in interviews and go, 'God, I wonder what they're going to ask me,' but now—literally—you can ask me anything!" Interviewer Sophie Elmhirst took her up on that, asking her what it's like to have her fluid sexuality be a constant topic of discussion.

There was a time, Stewart says, that in an attempt to protect herself, she ended up making things worse: "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.'" She has since become comfortable with the idea that she doesn't actually have to identify any particular way. "I have 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,'" she recalls, but these days she realizes, "I don't want to work with people like that." Full interview here. (More Kristen Stewart stories.)

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