Director Elizabeth Banks has caused a stir just ahead of the opening of her latest film, the newest Charlie’s Angeles reboot. Banks has clarified what the movie implies: Kristen Stewart‘s character is gay.
In the film, Stewart plays Sabrina Wilson, the party girl leader of the group. Stewart, who is queer in real life, lobbied Banks to make her character gay. “I mean, [Kristen] wanted to be gay in the movie and I’m like, ‘Yeah,’” Banks told Pride Source. “I just wanted to make sure that she was able to present a character that she was fully behind.” Banks then added a scene where Sabrina flirts with another woman, just to make the point clear.
Banks’ remarks–the day before the movie opens, no less–come as something of a surprise. She had previously dismissed the idea that Sabrina Wilson was meant to be portrayed as a lesbian, claiming that her sexuality should be left open to interpretation. “I don’t feel there is a label that fits her,” Banks told Digital Spy in September. “The only thing that was important to me was to not label it as anything. It’s fine if the media wants to label it, I think that’s OK, but I didn’t do that.”
The revelation of Stewart’s character as a gay woman comes at a time when surveys report that the number of LGBTQ characters on television has reached an all-time high. Score one for the good guys…and girls.