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:
Love to see it. Especially for all those who act like we just sprouted 5 years ago. https://t.co/Rb9UnmRiVO— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) November 30, 2019
Billy Dee Williams talking about his preferred pronouns and feelings about his gender identity at age 82 just makes my heart melt. I love this man so much. So happy to be seeing him onscreen again. https://t.co/3jNc56Dnrk pic.twitter.com/AyHnCOpU6k— della gon deliver it to ya (@della_morte_) November 27, 2019
Billy Dee Williams coming out as non-binary is important because it goes against the popular image of non-binary people as young, white and androgynous.— The Cat Painting from House (1977) (@elevatorcore) November 28, 2019
Billy Dee Williams coming out as gender fluid at 82 years old is arguably the coolest thing he's ever done, and he's fucking famous for being cool.— Matt Mustin (@MattMustin) December 1, 2019
Shoutout to all the shitbrains who lost their minds over Donald Glover playing Lando as pansexual in SOLO now having to confront the fact that Billy Dee Williams is genderfluid (they’ll, of course, just put their heads in the sand).— David Daut (@DavidMDaut) November 28, 2019
Me: Depressed about the state of LGBT+ rep in Star Wars— Wesley W Warrick (@BoxerlessBossk) November 26, 2019
Billy Dee Williams: Hold my beer, I'ma refer to myself with feminine pronouns pic.twitter.com/ikT4NtNYCo
You love to see it.