Out and proud bisexual actress Amber Heard is tired of Hollywood’s biphobia. In a recent interview with The Times of London, the 29-year-old actress said she has struggled to land movie roles since coming out as bisexual.
“I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me,” Heard told The Times. “But I don’t want to have to be defined by it. I’m fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don’t give a f**k. I fight, but I shouldn’t have to.”
Heard came out as bisexual at a GLAAD event in 2010. In 2013, Heard told Elle she doesn't regret coming out saying, “I didn't want to look like I was hiding anything. I'm not, and wasn't ever, ashamed.”
In her interview with The Times, Heard said other celebrities who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender should come out as well. Those who remain in the closet are “wrong” to do so, she said.
“I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong,” she told the paper.
Despite her challenges, Heard landed a lead role in Magic Mike XXL, starring with Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello. She told The Times she worked with the writers to make her character bisexual, but said that's not the most important thing about the role.
The movie, she added, subverts gender roles.“It’s a film about men seeking sexual attention,” she told The Times. “It gives the power position to women. My character’s function has nothing to do with her sexuality.”
Magic Mike XXL is now playing in theaters. Watch The Advocate's red carpet interviews with the film's cast at the Magic Mike XXL premiere in Hollywood here.