THE all-female Ghostbusters reboot was released last week to acclaim and box-office success on its first weekend and its director has just confirmed one of the leading ladies’ character is indeed a lesbian.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy, Freaks and Geeks) told The Daily Beast that Kate McKinnon’s character Jillian Holtzmann is a lesbian, but the Hollywood studio did not want him to speak about it openly.
“You know, Kate is who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa’s (McCarthy) characters.
“If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around. I wanted to let that come out in this character.
“That’s why you connect with those characters. They’re playing versions of themselves. That’s what makes a comedic actor fantastic, when that personality comes out.”
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 15, 2016
McKinnon, the three-time Emmy Award nominated comedic actress and first openly lesbian cast member of Saturday Night Live has been lauded for her scene stealing role in the Ghostbuster reboot.
She stars along side box-office juggernaut Melissa McCarthy and SNL veterans Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.
Australia’s Chris Hemsworth takes on the role of the Ghostbusters’ ditsy secretary.
The film was met with a stream of online hate and misogyny, when it was revealed the new Ghostbusters would be an all-female line up.