True Blood star says: 'For a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor for who they’re attracted to'
Oscar winner Anna Paquin, who plays a telepathic vampire lover on HBO’s True Blood, surprised many when she came out as bisexual in 2010.
Paquin, 29, made the announcement in a PSA video promoting the Give a Damn campaign, which features celebrities speaking out for equality. She says she has no regrets about being honest – especially in the context in which she did it.
‘I think it’s a really minor biographical detail,’ she says in the new issue of Zooey magazine. ‘If you’re going to talk about some cause in a way that’s meaningful, you should identify why it means something to you.’
The actress went on to marry her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer and the two are now expecting their first child. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t still attracted to women.
‘I’m sure for some people saying they’re bisexual feels less scary than making a statement that they’re gay,’ she says. ‘For me, it’s not really an issue because I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing.’
The actress, who won her Oscar at the age of 11 for The Piano, is aware that many people are skeptical that bisexuality actually exists.
‘It’s not made up,’ she says. ‘It’s not a lack of decision. It’s not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I’ve heard at this point. … For a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor for who they’re attracted to.’
Below is video of her Zooey magazine cover shoot: