Though Kristen Stewart’s casual queerness is one of her defining traits, the 29-year-old actress says that wasn’t always a good thing.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar U.K. for the magazine’s September 2019 issue, Stewart opened up about how her attitude toward her sexual orientation—and the public’s acceptance of her ambiguous queerness—has evolved over time. To this day, she resists labels, forgoing identifiers like lesbian or bisexual when asked about her sexual orientation.
“I was informed by an old school mentality,” she told the British magazine, “which is—you want to preserve your career and your success and your productivity, 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?”
In fact, Stewart claims she was once advised by industry leaders to keep her queerness on the DL:
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.”
Lucky for K-Stew’s fans, the actress paid that advice no mind. “I don’t want to work with people like that,” she said, adding that she thinks “we’re all kind of getting to a place where… we’re all becoming incredibly ambiguous. And it’s this really gorgeous thing.”
Gorgeous, it is.
The Twilight alum isn’t the only queer woman celeb with that opinion, either. Who could forget when Dirty Computer mastermind Janelle Monáe came out as a “free-ass motherfucker” in a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone in 2018?
Read Stewart’s full interview over at Harper’s Bazaar U.K.—and keep an eye out for her forthcoming projects, including this November’s Charlie’s Angels reboot and a potential starring role in the lesbian holiday rom-com Happiest Season (!)