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Abigail Breslin Opens Up About Her Lesbian Stillwater Character

Abigail Breslin Opens Up About Her Lesbian Stillwater Character


The Oscar nominee chats with Out about starring in Tom McCarthy and Matt Damon's latest, and controversial, queer-inclusive crime-thriller. 

Focus Features' latest crime-thriller Stillwater is now out in theaters, and in case you missed it, the film has been generating a lot of news headlines lately.

Controversially inspired by Amanda Knox's real-life story and written and directed by Oscar-winning Spotlight creator Tom McCarthy, Stillwater stars Matt Damon as blue-collar Oklahoma oil worker Bill Baker, a man who is hellbent on proving the innocence of his lesbian daughter Allison (played by Oscar-nominated actress and Scream Queens alum Abigail Breslin) after she is accused of murdering her roommate -- and girlfriend -- Lina while studying abroad in Marseille, France.

Out got the chance to sit down virtually with Breslin, and she opened up about what it was like playing a queer character who, despite the hardships she goes through, isn't held back or marginalized because of her sexuality.

"What I liked about it is that it didn't even seem to be an issue in the film, which I liked, because it would've felt a little bit stereotypical had we put too much of an emphasis on her sexuality," Breslin said. "I think that it's just a part of her, but that's not all she is as a human being. She's a fully rounded human, she was in love with somebody, and it just would be the same kind of story if it was a girl dating a guy, and vice versa, you know? So I think that we didn't want to play anything too, like, 'Oh, she's a lesbian, and this is how we're gonna play it.' I think she's just a person. It wasn't even a huge factor in what went on in her life at all."

Stillwater is playing in theaters now.

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