Jena Malone is feeling better about herself than she has in a long time.
After coming out as pansexual, the star of upcoming films Adopting Audrey and Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon talked to The Hollywood Reporter, not just about her new movie roles, but about her sexuality as well.
“It felt so nice,” Malone said about coming out. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while. The sexual journey is so beautiful. I mean, all of the identity journeys are so cool. I feel like I’m a little bit late to the game in being able to have less shame.”
“I’ve been loving the process of learning more about myself and others through different terms that open windows, those windows then turns into doors and then I arrive at a place to find all this cool stuff out there,” she continued.
“It’s a part of humanity now to have all these ceremonies of exclamation around coming out and renouncing [an identity] and celebrating that space for yourself,” she added. “It’s a really sweet, human experience. I love getting to learn more about myself no matter the age or my experience.”
Malone first came out about being pansexual and polyamorous in an Instagram post along with a video of her dancing.
“I guess It felt like I was a heterosexual man in a woman’s body. I visualized his desires and placed them on to me. But this was never the whole of the story that was meant for me,” she wrote. “So I’ve been learning a new way to tell it. Using words to guide me, not define me. That my sexual identity has more to teach and to tell me. Finding words that feel more right to explore in my telling. Pansexuality. Sapiosexuality. Polyamory. A fuller spectrum of understanding that my story is demanding of me. And I’m honoring it today with this soft and sleepy little stretch of a dance. I love humans.”
Malone, 37, has over two and a half decades of acting experience. She’s starred in Donnie Darko, Saved!, Sucker Punch, The Hunger Games, Nocturnal Animals, and The Neon Demon, among many other film and TV projects.