Susan Sarandon appears to be bisexual – again
Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon – whose LGBTQ rights activism and appearance in a number of queer-encoded films has earned her a bevy of LGBTQ fans – appeared to casually reveal that she is bisexual in a recent interview on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”.
In a episode which aired Wednesday, just days before the actor’s new show, “Monarch,” premiering on Fox, Sarandon and Fallon had a chat about her new cat, which she said she had after the death of his dogs. She told Fallon she couldn’t bring herself to have any more dogs, so one of her sons told her to get a cat.
“I’m bi, so…” she told Fallon, looking away from the audience and drawing laughter from the host.
“You mean you like dogs and cats,” Fallon slurred, to which Sarandon replied, “I’m fluid. I am very fluid, as far as animals are concerned.
The comment, which was part of a joke, ignited social media over the 75-year-old movie star’s sexual orientation, which has long been somewhat ambiguous.
In 2017, she told a Michigan-based LGBTQ outlet source of pride that his sexual orientation is “open”.
“My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say,” she said at the time.
In this interview, she said that the majority of her friends have always been gay men and women. Explaining why she didn’t have a “great love career” aside from a few lasting relationships with men, she describes herself as a “serial monogamist”.
Then last year, when asked during a podcast interview about her love interests, Sarandon said she didn’t care about the gender of her potential suitors, just that they needed to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I don’t care if it’s a man or a woman. I mean, I’m open to all ages, all colors,” she told “Divorced Not Dead” host Caroline Stanbury. “To me, these things are just details.”
Regardless of her sexuality, Sarandon has long been considered a gay icon due to many of her coded roles as queer — and just plain queer.
One of his first films was the 1975 cult musical classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, which has been described as a Milestone in queer cinema.
Sarandon then starred in the 1983 cult horror classic “The Hunger” alongside David Bowie and French film star Catherine Deneuve. The film features a iconic lesbian sex scene between Sarandon and Deneuve.
In 1991, Sarandon starred in arguably his most famous, if not weirdest film, “Thelma & Louise.” In 2016, for the film’s 25th anniversary, the actor sat down with Harper’s Bazaar magazine alongside co-star Geena Davis to discuss the film’s legacy. Sarandon was asked where she thinks their characters would have ended up if they hadn’t experienced a fall off a cliff in the final scene.
“Maybe Louise became a lesbian,” Sarandon said of her character. “That would be fabulous.”
Sarandon’s rep did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.