In an interview with Harper & # 39; s Bazaar UK, actor Kristen Stewart, who has had a romantic relationship with model Stella Maxwell since 2017, said: "I was fully told," If you are doing yourself a favor and don't want to hold your girlfriend's hand in public, you may get a Marvel movie. "I don't want to work with people like that."
Stewart has publicly stated that she doesn't identify herself as bisexual or lesbian and doesn't want to choose a label for her sexuality. In the same interview, she added: “I was taught an old school mentality: you want to preserve your career, your success, and your productivity, and there are people in the world that you don't like and they attract It isn't so that you go out with girls and it's not that you don't identify yourself as "lesbian", but you also don't identify yourself as "heterosexual". And people like to know what the hell are you? "
Though it sometimes looks like the LGBTQ representation and participation in Hollywood has given some appearance of equality, Stewart's experience is far from unique. Several young, open-minded LGBTQ actors like Ellen Page and Ezra Miller spoke about how their gender and sexuality affected how people talk to them about their careers.
Ellen Page, Star of Inception, Juno and Tallulah came out as gay in 2014. “When I became known, people in the industry clearly said to me: 'People cannot know that you are gay. & # 39; “she said to Porter Edit earlier this year. “And I was put under pressure – in many cases forced to wear clothes and heels for events and photo shoots. As if lesbians don't wear dresses and heels. But I will never again let myself be stuck in something that makes me uncomfortable. "
Ezra Miller, who participated in the Justice League with Madame Bovary and the latest Harry Potter franchise Fantastic Beasts, came out in 2012 as a queer and told GQ 2018 that her gender was fluent.
"I'm happy with all the pronouns. I let him ride and that's fine," said Miller.
But Miller said that a number of people who thought this would harm their acting careers were told not to be open about their sexuality and gender.
In 2017, Miller said "I'm not going to specify [who told me not to come out] people in the industry, people outside the industry. People I've never spoken to. They said there was a reason why so many gays , gay, gender-specific people in Hollywood hide their sexual identity or gender identity in their public image. I was told I did something "stupid" to … thwart my own potential as a leading man. "
Sarah Paulson, who also chooses not to label her sexual identity, told Porter Edit in 2017 that she was told that her relationship with Holland Taylor could be a liability for her career.
"When people found out early that I was with Holland, some said," I think you have to be careful, I'm afraid it will affect your career, "said the 8-year-old actor of the ocean.
One of the best known examples of Hollywood's negative response to an actor's sexuality was Rupert Everett, star of My Best Friend & # 39; s Wedding and A Midsummer Night & # 39; s Dream. He indicated that he would no longer receive offers for roles in 2007. Since then, he has focused on writing screenplays and films roles that he could play, such as the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde.
In 2010, he told BBC Radio 4 that Hollywood was "an extremely conservative world" pretending to be a liberal world.
Although the variety of LGBTQ characters in films is increasing in some ways, Hollywood has to make great strides in the inclusion of LGBTQ. According to GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index 2019, LGBTQ characters had more screen time than in previous years – of the 20 LGBTQ films released last year, 10 contained more than 10 minutes of screen time for an LGBTQ character. Looking at the 45 LGBTQ characters counted by GLAAD, 26 had less than three minutes of screen time and 16 had less than one minute of screen time. Transgender characters were absent from the 110 major studio releases for the second year in a row.
And there is often tremendous enthusiasm for the alleged LGBTQ representation of films, only to ultimately deliver nothing meaningful in terms of screen time or the actual representation of a queer relationship.
There is often only a hint of a relationship or a wink and a nod, rather than a representation in accordance with the relationships between heterosexual people. Beauty and the Beast's live-action remake was welcomed for portraying a gay LeFou, but was only shown very briefly as he danced with a man in tow during a ballroom scene, mainly for comedic effects. Finding Dory briefly showed two women together in a park, which some viewers interpreted as a lesbian couple and others did not, and they were only shown in a speechless response. When asked about the women, the film's co-director Andrew Stanton said, “You can be anything you want. There is no right or wrong answer. “Most recently, Marvel's Avengers Endgame threw a gay relationship into a short disposable line, a scene that Disney was the first openly gay figure to pump up in the biggest box office franchise in film history.
Some LGBTQ viewers were upset about the portrayal of the Harry Potter character Albus Dumblemore in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald, the J.K. Rowling said had a relationship of a "sexual dimension" with Gellert Grindelwald. But when it was time to show this relationship on the screen and address Dumbledore's sexuality in general, director David Yates said that these things would not be explicit in the film. Similarly, in Thor: Ragnarok, the character Valkyrie – portrayed by our actress Tessa Thompson – had a scene that made her sexuality clear, but was ultimately cut out of the film. However, some of these representations could soon improve. In Thor: Love and Thunder, the next installment in the same series, Valkyrie is reported to receive a more explicit account of a relationship with a woman, according to i09. Marvel Studios confirmed a romantic story from Valkyrie in search of a new queen.