Actor Kristen Stewart, who became famous for her character Bella in Twilight, gave an interview to promote her new movie, Happiest Season and shared her views about gay characters being played by gay actors in such movies.
Happiest Season is a 2020 American romantic comedy film directed by Clea DuVall and its plot is about the story of Abby, who is considering proposing to her girlfriend but finds out that her friend’s family is very conservative. Abby begins to question her relationship when she finds out that her girlfriend is hiding their relationship from her family.
Kristen Stewart, who portrays a gay couple with MacKenzie Davis in Happiest Season, is unable to give a definitive answer that gay actors should only portray gay characters because she believes it’s a gray area.
Expressing that she has been involved in many productions as a white, weak young girl for years, Stewart says that she will never tell a story that should be told by someone with this experience, but she thinks that it is a very risky situation and that she will not subject everyone to this rule or she will not be able to play a heterosexual role again.
The film will be released internationally on November 26 and it sheds light on various issues that LGBTI + individuals often encounter such as gaining approval from society, establishing their own identity, family problems, being honest with themselves.
Here’s what she stated:
“I think about this all the time. Being somebody who has had so much access to work, I’ve just lived with such a creative abundance. You know, a young white girl who was straight and only really was gay later and is, like, skinny — do you know what I’m saying? I so acknowledge that I’ve just gotten to work.
I would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience. 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.
I think it’s such a gray area. There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories. But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you’re allowed. I mean, if you’re telling a story about a community and they’re not welcoming to you, then fuck off.
But if they are, and you’re becoming an ally and a part of it and there’s something that drove you there in the first place that makes you uniquely endowed with a perspective that might be worthwhile, there’s nothing wrong with learning about each other. And therefore helping each other tell stories. So I don’t have a sure-shot answer for that.”
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