Actress Kristen Stewart opened up about how she was told to stay in the closet to advance her career.
Speaking with Harper’s Bazaar, the said that she had been told not to hold a woman’s hand in public.
“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 said. “I don’t want to work with people like that.”
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Stewart has worked on many major movies over the last two decades, and is perhaps best known for her work on The Twilight Saga, Panic Room, and Into the Wild, among other films.
Two years ago, she came out in a Guardian interview as bisexual, part of a process of finding her voice and her freedom.
“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,” she said. “Well, 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,” she said. “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 fuck are you?”
She said that she eschews labels for her sexuality now.
“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,” she said. “And it’s this really gorgeous thing.”