Hollywood legend Billy Dee Williams has come out

Carla Harmon
December 2, 2019

Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams has defined that he sees himself as each female and masculine in a brand new interview. Not only is this his mantra, but the 82 -year-old actor is breaking down gender-conforming walls as well.

Billy uses various pronouns because he sees himself as both masculine and feminine. This is a very hard time for me, as far as age is concerned. I'm not afraid to point out that facet of myself.

"I never tried to be anything except myself", Williams told Esquire in an interview that published Tuesday. "I mediate of myself as a rather colourful character who doesn't protect himself or herself too seriously".


"It was a love story, really".

And whether or not he'll expand on his thoughts about gender fluidity in the future remains to be seen, but as he prepares to return to Star Wars after all these years, his presence as an open-minded person in the 'verse is well appreciated. He joined the franchise for its second installment, 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, and again in Return of the Jedi in 1983 before Donald Glover played a younger version of the galaxy's slickest smuggler in the spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story, released past year. "That kid is brilliant-just look at those videos", in reference to the video for the song "This is America", by Glover's musical alter ego Childish Gambino. "What I offered on that display screen individuals didn't anticipate to see. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division", he said. The same could be said about his portrayal of Lando in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, which marked the inclusion of a complex black character in a genre that was-and remains-notoriously white.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is in United Kingdom cinemas 19 December.


"The Rock calls me the OG", Williams said. And, he deliberately presented something nobody had experienced before - "a romantic brown-skinned boy".

J.J. Abrams, who directed "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", praised Williams' performance in an email to the magazine.


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