UPDATE: In an interview with PrideSource, Charlies’s Angels director Elizabeth Banks confirmed that Stewart’s character is “definitely gay in the movie.” She said, “I mean, she wanted to be gay in the movie and I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ I made sure we kept that little moment in so that you understand what she was attracted to.”
ORIGINAL: Kristen Stewart is the first queer actress to play one of the titular angels in Charlie’s Angels, and some hoped her character, Sabina, might be open abouther sexuality in the upcoming reboot. But according to writer, director, and co-star Elizabeth Banks, she left the character’s identity purposely vague.
“When I cast [Kristen Stewart], I just wanted her to be… I just felt like she’s almost the way Kristen is. I don’t feel there is a label that fits her,” Banks told U.K. entertainment news site Digital Spy. “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. I just let her be herself in the film.”
Banks said that while some on the film’s production team may have wondered what “boxes” the new angels fall in, there was “no mention” of Stewart’s character’s sexuality “in the script whatsoever.”
Off screen, Stewart feels similarly about labels, telling Harper’s Bazaar that she’s been inspired by the younger generation to be less hung up on categorizing her sexuality.
“I just think we’re all kind of getting to a place where — I don’t know, evolution’s a weird thing — we’re all becoming incredibly ambiguous,“ she said, explaining that she no longer identifies specifically as bisexual. “And it’s this really gorgeous thing.”
But lesbian, bisexual, or however Stewart chooses to identify, there’s one thing she is certain of: her relationship with girlfriend Dylan Meyer. Just last week, Stewart told radio host Howard Stern that she “can’t fucking wait” to propose to Meyer, who she’s been dating since August. “I want to be, like, sort of somewhat reasonable about it, but I think good things happen fast,” she said.
Stewart will appear on-screen as a queer woman in the upcoming romantic comedy Happiest Season, alongside Terminator: Dark Fate’s Mackenzie Davis.
Charlie’s Angels is in theaters November 15.