Steph & Kristen
They’re Steph & Kristen. You may know them (or not) from The Amazing Race Canada S4. In the past 6 months they have somehow managed to get on the show, pull out a win, quit jobs, and now they plan on seeing as much of the world as possible. They also plan on documenting their crazy adventures along the way.
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.
The first trailer for The L Word sequel, Generation Q, was released last week, teasing its return to TV screens in December. Ten years after The L Word’s run ended, I expected to be cynical about its 2019 incarnation. Right now, in the world of entertainment, there are more planned comebacks than Fleetwood Mac have managed in their entire career. With mooted revivals of everything from The Matrix to Home Alone to Beverly Hills, 90210, you could read an issue of Empire magazine from the 1990s and assume it had come out last week.
Generation Q (I’m trying to get on board, but it still sounds breathlessly perky, like a kids’ cartoon or a supermarket clothing line) is all about the young people, as the title suggests, and appears to be far less glossy and polished than its elite older sibling. Of the three original characters returning to LA’s lesbian scene, every fan will have their favourite. Shane is back, as is her haircut, and Alice, too, but Jennifer Beals’s Bette promises to make the biggest splash.
Beals is an executive producer, but vitally will also reprise her role as alpha female Bette Porter, California’s answer to Swiss art curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist, who couldn’t resist booting the impressionists out of her gallery in favour of something modern, shocking and blasphemous, particularly if that enabled a flashback to a sexy, art-based hook-up from the past. In the new world, Bette is going straight to the top and is running to be mayor of Los Angeles.
The original L Word was campy and crass, as over the top as it was revolutionary. But I loved it for everything it was. It gave viewers six seasons that put mostly queer women front and centre. For the first time, those characters were not the subplot, but the main event. Even so, at first I wondered if Generation Q was necessary. Times have changed beyond comprehension in a decade; some of the storylines that seemed less worthy of remark then, such as Alice’s out-of-character transphobia, or Lisa the Lesbian Man, would incite an opinion mob in an instant.
The growth of streaming television has opened up a world of queer storylines on all sorts of shows. If there isn’t a same-sex kiss on a Netflix series you start to wonder if you’ve accidentally skipped an episode. And then the Generation Q trailer brought it all back, gave me butterflies and of course, as if it was ever in doubt, I will be glued to the whole thing.