Not that she needed to, but A-List Hollywood actress Aunjanue Ellis (one of my personal favorites) has recently opened up about her sexuality, in honor of Pride Month.
The 53-year-old Oscar-nominated “King Richard” actress spoke about her bisexuality in an interview with Variety.
Ellis said, as a child, she often questioned what she felt were misogynistic Bible themes and spent time trying to “talk my body into correct behavior.”
She said the experience of growing up, knowing she was queer, was “lonely” and “violent.”
“It’s violent because you literally have to tuck and place so many parts of you to be acceptable, so people won’t run from you and don’t want to be around you. It was exhausting,” she said.
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As an adult, Ellis said she did not worry about hiding her sexuality, she just never discussed it because nobody asked.
Ellis began her acting career in theater, and made her film debut in Girls Town (1996). She is best known for her roles in the films Men of Honor (2000), The Caveman’s Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), Ray (2004), The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Help (2011). In 2021, Ellis starred in the critically acclaimed film King Richard, which earned her nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, British Academy Film Award, and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She is also an advocate and activist, speaking out on issues of race and politics in America. The bold beauty is unapologetic and outspoken, and we love her for who she is.
Click here to read more of her EXCLUSIVE interview on Variety.com.