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Kristen Stewart Weighs In On The 'Only Gay Actors Should Play Gay Roles' Debate: 'It's A Gray Area'

Kristen Stewart Weighs In On The 'Only Gay Actors Should Play Gay Roles' Debate: 'It's A Gray Area'

Kristen Stewart doesn’t know exactly how she feels about only gay actors playing gay roles.

While promoting her new movie with Hulu, Happiest Season, the 31-year-old actress spoke to Variety on the hot topic and shared that it’s really a gray area.

“I think about this all the time,” Kristen admitted. “Being somebody who has had so much access to work, I’ve just lived with such a creative abundance. You know, a young white girl who was straight and only really was gay later and is, like, skinny — do you know what I’m saying? I so acknowledge that I’ve just gotten to work.”

She continued, “I would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience…Having said that, it’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law.”

“I think it’s such a gray area. There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories. But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you’re allowed,” Kristen shared. “I don’t have a sure-shot answer for that.”

Kristen also pointed out that co-star Mackenzie Davis, who plays Harper in the movie, is “not somebody who identifies as a lesbian”, but does play a closeted one to her family in the movie.

“Sometimes, artfully speaking, you’re just drawn to a certain group of people. I could defend that, but I’m sure that somebody with a different perspective could make me feel bad about that — and then make me renege on everything I’ve just said,” she added. “I acknowledge the world that we live in. And I absolutely would never want to traipse on someone else’s opportunity to do that — I would feel terrible about that.”

Kristen concluded about the debate is to “f***ing think about what you’re doing! And don’t be an asshole.”

Many other straight stars have spoken out about the gay roles they have played and why they won’t anymore.

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