Billy Dee Williams Embraces Gender-Fluid Pronouns
The actor Billy Dee Williams has been the very embodiment of cool charisma for many years — in actual life and because the smooth-talking, cape-wearing smuggler Lando Calrissian within the “Star Wars” universe (a task he’s reprising for the primary time since 1983 within the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”).
And whereas Williams’s model of cool has been synonymous with masculinity — who can overlook the marginally cringey machismo in these 1980s Colt 45 adverts? — in actuality, Williams straddles the gender binary, based on a latest profile in Esquire journal.
“You see, I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ as a result of I additionally see myself as female in addition to masculine,” Williams, 82, instructed Esquire. “I’m a really delicate particular person. I’m not afraid to indicate that aspect of myself.”
“I consider myself as a comparatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too significantly,” Williams mentioned.
When Esquire factors out that Donald Glover, who performed a younger Calrissian within the “Solo” launched in 2018, talked concerning the character’s sexual and gender fluidity, “Williams lights up” and responds: “Actually? That child is sensible.”
Final yr, shortly after Jonathan Kasdan, a author on “Solo,” confirmed that Calrissian was pansexual (being drawn to individuals no matter gender or intercourse), Glover mentioned: “How will you not be pansexual in area?”
Whereas Williams, who has been married to Teruko Nakagami for the reason that 1970s, didn’t outright declare to be gender fluid or in any other case, his/her embrace of gender-fluid pronouns is a part of a better revelation in Hollywood and past — although amongst celebrities who’ve just lately opened up about their pronouns and gender, Williams is among the many oldest.
In September, the Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith, 27, who identifies as genderqueer and nonbinary, publicly introduced their pronouns.
“At present is an effective day so right here goes,” Smith wrote in an Instagram submit. “I’ve determined I’m altering my pronouns to they/them after a lifetime of being at conflict with my gender I’ve determined to embrace myself for who I’m, inside and outside.”
The nonbinary actor Asia Kate Dillon, 35, a star on Showtime’s “Billions,” talked to The New York Occasions earlier this yr about their pronouns: they/them. “I can launch she/her pronouns, I can use they/them,” Dillon mentioned. “That is who I’m.”
And in an interview with Out Journal in June, the “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness mentioned that he identifies as nonbinary whereas retaining he/him pronouns.
“I’m gender nonconforming,” he mentioned. “Like, some days I really feel like a person, however then different days I really feel like a lady.”