Brittany Snow has played many types over the years--the hopeful new girl (John Tucker Must Die), the bitchy dancing teen (Hairspray), the Aryan-obsessed high school Nazi (Nip/Tuck)--but there's no putting a label on Chloe, the civil-minded songbird in Pitch Perfect, who may or may not have a secret lesbian thing for her fellow Barden Bella, Beca (Anna Kendrick).
"We never set out to make her anything," Snow says of Chloe, who cornered Beca in the shower and demanded she sing during the first film. "It was never supposed be bisexual or lesbian. I think she was one of those girls who love everyone--but people can take that however they want it."
While the moment was fraught with would-be sexual tension between the two females, Snow says it was all about making the moment standout. "I remember going to Jason Moore--the director at the time--and being like, 'This girl: she's going into the shower with Beca's character, and I want to make her weirder.' "
The instinct worked and the first film, the 2012 sleeper hit about the collegiate world of a cappella, went on to make $113 million at the box office and become a favorite among tune-loving gays. The sequel, which marks the return of the Bellas played by Snow, Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Anna Camp, is opening May 15 with plenty more anticipation and a lot more lesbian tension on screen. "When I saw it, I was like, 'Oh wow, they really did that,' " Snow says of the sequel, which expands upon Chloe and Beca's relationship, plays on some new sexually-charged female interactions, and lets the Bellas' one lesbian, Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean), enjoy being out this time.
Perhaps, the gays have Elizabeth Banks to thank for that. The actress, who acted in and produced the first film, helmed the sequel. "Elizabeth Banks wanted us to play around," Snow says. "When we were doing the pillow fight, Elizabeth was just shaking her head like, 'Yup, this is the movie we're making.'"
While the sequel sees the return of several key moments--the Riff Off being the most highly-anticipated with an unexpected twist--there isn't another shower scene. "We tried not to overdo it," Snow says. "But Chloe has a very strong connection with Beca." And that's aca-sweet.
Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters May 15. Watch the trailer below: