Kristen Stewart firmly believes that Twilight, the film franchise she starred in, which revolves around a heterosexual narrative involving a teenage girl entangled in a love triangle with a male vampire and a male werewolf, possesses significant queer undertones.
“I can only see it now,” expressed the star, who openly identified as queer in 2017, during a recent interview with Variety. “I don’t think it necessarily started off that way, but I also think that the fact that I was there at all, it was percolating. It’s such a gay movie.”
In the film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s popular novels, Stewart takes on the role of Bella Swan, a high school student irresistibly drawn to the captivating vampire Edward Cullen (portrayed by Robert Pattinson), despite the perilous nature of his existence. Additionally, Bella harbors strong feelings for her friend Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner), who, as it unfolds, is revealed to be a supernatural being as well.
“I mean, Jesus Christ; Taylor and Rob and me, and it’s so hidden and not okay,” Stewart remarked. “I mean, a Mormon woman wrote this book. It’s all about oppression, about wanting what’s going to destroy you. That’s a very Gothic, gay inclination that I love.”
The cherished franchise catapulted the three actors to global superstardom, casting an intense spotlight on the real-life romance between Stewart and Pattinson, who were in a relationship from 2009 until 2013.
Stewart publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation during her Saturday Night Live monologue in 2017. However, as she shared with Variety, “It wasn’t even like I was hiding. I was so openly out with my girlfriend for years at that point.”
Nevertheless, she elaborated, “It was cool to frame it in a funny context because it could say everything [about my sexuality] without [my] having to sit down and do an interview. So what platform is that going to be on? And who’s going to make money on that? And who’s going to be the person that broke it? I broke it, alone.”
During her monologue, Stewart made mention of the numerous tweets (specifically 11) from Donald Trump regarding her separation from Pattinson and the media coverage surrounding her involvement with director Rupert Sanders.
“The president is not a huge fan of me,” she remarked. “But that is so okay. And Donald, if you didn’t like me then, you’re probably not going to like me now, because I’m hosting SNL and I’m so gay, dude.”
The actor, slated to lead in Rose Glass’ forthcoming A24 queer romance thriller, “Love Lies Bleeding,” declared her engagement to screenwriter Dylan Meyer in 2021.
Source: Entertainment Weekly