Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams Comes Out As Gender Fluid In New Interview

On Tuesday, Billy Dee Williams had a brand new interview published with Esquire, as the actor is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian in the new film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Williams is lauded for being the coolest cat in show business throughout the interview, but no one realized quite how cool until he essentially came out as gender fluid.

Talking about his famous cool, Williams said, “I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously,” continuing, “And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

Esquire’s Matt Miller remarked that Donald Glover, who played a young Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, experimented with gender fluidity as part of his process and thought of the character as pansexual.

“Really? That kid is brilliant—just look at those videos,” said Williams, referring to Glover’s other career as rapper Childish Gambino.

During an interview last year with SiriusXM, Glover commented on the film’s writers saying the character was pansexual. He claimed it made sense to him, because Calrissian is always coming on to everybody, adding, “I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have a good time out here.”

Fans of both Williams and the franchise are thrilled by his comments in Esquire:

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