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Billy Dee Williams Celebrated After Opening Up About Being Gender Fluid
"What I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves. There’s a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they had a splitting of the ways because they had different ideas about the … what do you call it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It’s collective unconsciousness. But he coined a phrase that's, 'Anima animus.' And anima means that is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female."
"So, that’s what I was referring to. I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves. I wasn’t talking about sex, I wasn’t talking about being gay or straight. People should read [Jung]. I mean, it would be an interesting education for a lot of people," he added, making the common mistake of conflating or confusing gender identity with sexual orientation. "I’m not gay — by any stretch of the imagination. Not that I have anything against gay people. But personally? Not gay."
Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. When told in the Esquire interview that Donald Glover, who portrayed the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story, discussed embracing gender fluidity and sexuality ahead of his debut in the Star Wars franchise, Williams lit up. "Really? That kid is brilliant -- just look at those videos," he said, referencing Glover’s song (as Childish Gambino), "This Is America."
Williams recently opened up to ET about reprising his role as Lando -- and the "bittersweet" ending to the Skywalker series. Watch below.