‘Star Wars’ Actor Billy Dee Williams Comes Out As Gender Fluid

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film, News
Published 02.12.19

Billy Dee Williams, who plays Lando in the Star Wars films, has said that he identifies as both himself and herself in a recent interview.

With gender fluidity becoming more and more commonplace in modern society, it’s genuinely surprising that we don’t see news stories like this one more often.

With that said, and without wanting to use a huge blanket statement, it’s usually the older generations who have more of an issue with the newfound liberation of the blurred lines between genders.


Despite this, and essentially immediately proving me wrong, 82-year-old Billy Dee Williams has shared in a recent interview with Esquire that he identifies as both him and herself.

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The actor, most known for playing Lando in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – as well as the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker – said:


I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.

And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

This stance goes hand-in-hand with Williams’ Lando Calrissian, with whom fans have long speculated over his sexuality. This was explored more in last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, with the character appearing to have some sort of sexual relationship with a droid.


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Donald Glover, who played young Lando, spoke to SiriusXM, asking how anyone could be entirely heterosexual in Space, saying:

How can you not be pansexual in space?


There are so many things to have sex with.

I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, [not] only guys or girls – no, it’s anything.

This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have a good time out here.”


In his interview with Esquire, Billy Dee Williams was told of Glover’s comments, to which he said:

Really? That kid is brilliant.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit UK cinemas on 19 December. I’ve booked my ticket and I’m not even sure why.

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