Spike Lee’s Protégé is Gay?
BY Ari Karpel
November 18 2011 5:00 AM ET
Rees can’t help but find symbolic significance in Pariah’s release on Christmas Day, though talking about it brings her to tears. “When I first came out, holidays were hard,” she recalls. “I reached a point where I didn’t go home anymore. I constructed my own kind of like family group around Christmas. I think it’ll be a good thing for some people who maybe don’t have that typical family structure, [they] will have something to go do with their friends [on Christmas].”
Rees wipes away another tear as she takes a gulp of water and a deep breath, finally pausing for a moment. “One Christmas, I went with my friends and my girlfriend at the time, and we saw Dreamgirls,” she says. They had a fabulous brunch at a New York hotel. “But I think there was some sadness for me that we weren’t all with our families. It was bittersweet — we all had each other.”
She finishes. “So it’s a statement, releasing on that day.” She pauses again, clear-eyed now. “I hope it works out.”