Ahead of the big-budget Charlie’s Angels reboot set to drop this fall, Kristen Stewart has unequivocally stated that there was a time in the movie industry when she was told that being open about her sexual identity was hindering her ability to land big box office roles.
“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,'” Stewart told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I don’t want to work with people like that.”
Stewart became a box office phenomenon in the late aughts starring in the Twilight movies while also building a solid portfolio of performances in indies including The Runaways, Into the Wild, and Adventureland. By 2013 she began to be more open with her female partners. In 2015 she answered questions about her sexuality by saying, “Google me. I’m not hiding.” Shortly after Donald Trump was inaugurated, she very pointedly said in the opening monologue of the show that Trump wouldn’t like her because, “I’m, like, so gay, dude.”
While Stewart doesn’t appear to be starring in a Marvel movie any time soon, she has garnered critical acclaim in art-house films including Clouds of Sils Maria (for which she won the César, the French equivalent of the Oscar), Certain Women, Personal Shopper, and Seberg. She’s also got two potential blockbusters on her hands with Charlie’s Angels and the action thriller Underwater.
Regarding why she began to be open about her relationships, she told Harper’s Bazaar, “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?” she added.