Kristen Stewart attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of A24's "Love Lies Bleeding" at Fine Arts Theatre on March 05, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California Source: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

'The Identity was Beaten Out' of Lesbian Character in 'Happiest Season,' Kristin Stewart Says

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

"Happiest Season" broke ground as a Christmas movie centering lesbian characters, but studio execs weighed in so much that "the identity was beaten out" of star Kristen Stewart's "goals" for that film, the "Love Lies Bleeding" star reflected in a newly published interview.

Detailing the differences between Duvall's holiday film (in which the same-sex relationship amounted to "hidden vegetables," Stewart reckoned) and the wild Rose Glass-directed thriller that pulls no punches and features Stewart and Katy O'Brian as lesbian lovers, LGBTQ+ culture site "them" noted that "Love Lies Bleeding" "brazenly portrays some of the fucked-up shit real dykes go through."

It was also free of the sort of interference that made "Happiest Season" exasperating for Stewart.

"The identity was beaten out of my goals there," Stewart told them of the holiday-themed rom-com.

"I was getting so many studio executive notes about my hair and my clothes," Stewart continued. "I was like, 'You did read the script. You did hire me. What are we doing here?' It was fucking annoying."

Stewart went on to add: "And honestly, fucking hats off to Clea, because I don't have the patience" for that sort of thing.

"Set up at Sony Pictures and released in the U.S. direct to streaming via Hulu, the Clea DuVall-directed film was widely touted as the first lesbian Christmas rom-com produced by a major Hollywood studio," Variety recalled.

But the tame-as-eggnog holiday trifle doesn't hold a candle to the acclaimed new thriller, in which Stewart's look is as fierce as it should be, with short hair and a butch wardrobe.

"It's pretty fucking sick," Stewart told them.

Have a look at the "Love Lies Bleeding" trailer to see what she means.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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