Kristen Stewart is at the Toronto International Film Festival this week promoting Seberg, in which she portrays Breathless actress Jean Seberg in a film chronicling the events leading up to her untimely death. The Benedict Andrews-directed film screened for Canadian audiences Saturday.
While she was in town, Stewart discussed In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, in which she revealed that she was once advised that she’d likely get a Marvel movie if she hid her sexuality. “I have fully been told, 'If you just like do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie,'" she recalled. "I don’t want to work with people like that."
Stewart addressed the comments in a sitdown with Variety. She claimed Marvel was only one example illustrating what was otherwise “literally just a big conglomerate-y type thing."
“I’m sure [Marvel] would love to hire the gay kids to be superheroes,” Stewart said with a laugh.
During the interview, Stewart was asked what superhero she should play. Her Seberg co-star, Anthony Mackie, who is set to reprise his Marvel character, Falcon, in the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, jumped in by saying, “That’s a good question.”
“A gay one!” Stewart exclaimed.
“I think [Stewart] should be the gay female… Captain America,” Mackie responded, as the actress affected a superhero pose.
According to Deadline, Seberg is a political thriller set in the 1960’s, when Seberg became romantically involved with civil rights activist, Hakim Jamal, which resulted in the late actress becoming a target of the FBI program COINTELPRO. It was designed by J. Edgar Hoover to undermine progressive political activists and also targeted figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Yoko Ono.
The FBI’s secretive tactics resulted in Seberg becoming paranoid and miserable. She died at age 40 in 1979 and is speculated to have taken her own life.
The film premiered on August 30 at the Venice Film Festival before heading to Toronto. Although Stewart’s performance was widely praised, Seberg has received mixed-to-positive reviews thus far from critics.