Kristen Stewart Shared Her Opinions On Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters

    "It's a slippery slope conversation, because that means I could never play another straight character."

    Kristen Stewart has weighed in on the ongoing discussion surrounding straight actors playing LGBTQ characters, admitting it's a "grey area" and saying the conversation is a "slippery slope."

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    Kristen was asked about the debate during an interview with Variety about her new movie Happiest Season, which sees her character going to her girlfriend's parents' house for Christmas, only to find out her girlfriend isn't out to them yet.

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    She admitted it's something she thinks about "all the time."

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    "Being somebody who has had so much access to work, I've just lived with such a creative abundance," Kristen said of her own career.

    "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?" she explained. "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," Kristen said.

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    "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," Kristen continued.

    She went on to admit she believes the whole thing is a "grey area."

    "We need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care," Kristen said. "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."

    Kristen went on to use Mackenzie Davis — her costar in Happiest Season — as an example of an actor who does not identify as a lesbian but is playing a lesbian onscreen.

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    "She was the only person in my mind that could have played this with me," Kristen said. "Sometimes, artfully speaking, you're just drawn to a certain group of people."

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    "I'm sure that somebody with a different perspective could make me feel bad about that — and then make me renege on everything I've just said," Kristen went on. "I acknowledge the world that we live in. And I absolutely would never want to traipse on someone else's opportunity to do that — I would feel terrible about that."

    "My answer is fucking think about what you're doing!" she added. "And don't be an asshole."

    Read Kristen Stewart's full interview with Variety here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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