Morning Brew: Wednesday, August 18: Sweden’s “Kiss Me” features step-sisters in love, Anna Paquin is happy about coming out


Hi gay women! Have you watched the Black Swan trailer yet? It looks intense. I can’t wait!

A new Swedish film called Kiss Me is about a woman that falls for her soon-to-be-step-sister. Yikes! Main character Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) is straight with a boyfriend, until she falls for her new sis Frida (Life Mjönes), an out lesbian.

Ruth Vega Fernandez

Mia’s parents are cool with Frida being gay, but when Mia expresses an interest in women, they’re not so understanding. This sure sounds like a plot we haven’t seen before, and I’m prone to trust Swedes after they delivered the brilliant Show Me Love. Says producer Josephine Tengblad:

“We want to portray the lesbian love part down, and play it the same way as it depicts the love between a man and a woman on film. In principle, in all movies about lesbians that proves to be one bit crazy or odd. There’s hardly any movie in which two women are like anyone.”

Josephine Tengblad

I’m feeling good about this one, especially considering an article about it notes it’s poised to hit major cinemas in Sweden in 2011. (Kudos to AE reader Folde for the tip!)

Want to meet Ruby Rose? All you have to do is write 25 words or less about why you love her style and you will win a flight to Sydney, a stay at the Vibe Hotel and a bunch of other fun stuff. Most importantly, you can meet Ruby at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival where she’ll be launching her new line, Milk & Honey. Here’s are some of the looks:

Need some help with those 25 words? I suggest using things like “lesbian,” “hot,” “accent,” and “tattoos.”

Check out the cover of Rolling Stone this month.

I could have done without the two boys on the side. Anyhow, Anna Paquin tells the mag that she is really happy about having come out as bisexual this year. “I’m not sure what the reaction was, but I’m glad I did it,” she said. “There’s such an impulse to turn it into a sensational thing, when what I was really hoping to say is that it’s normal and not interesting. (Smiles) I feel so lucky right now. Life is pretty great.”

Anna, are you saying you came out and the world didn’t end? Phew! Someone alert the closeted!

A newish opera in Beijing is about lesbian romance in “ancient times,” but stars men in drag. It’s called Two Belles in Love and it hasn’t done so well since opening in May. Maybe it’s that whole “men as lesbians” part — or it could be the storyline which Beijing Today describes as “the plight of two women, Cui Jianyun and Cao Yuhua, who fall in love due to the admiration for each other’s stunning beauty and literary craft. The work explores their quest to marry the same man in an attempt to stay together.”

Congrats to Rachel Maddow for being awarded the 2010 Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. The award “recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom, and reinvigorate informed civic participation.” Said Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy:

“Rachel’s passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics exhibits a strong personal intellect coupled with constitutional sensitivity to the proper boundaries between religion and government.”

Rachel will accept the award at a ceremony in October in NYC.

New York Magazine reports that Heather Morris and Naya Rivera have “signed on to host Fox’s premiere-week programming, which means they’ll pop up between episodes of various network shows the week of September 20.” AKA you’ll have to watch Fox — a lot.

Also on September 20, Eden Riegel will be guest starring on the ABC show Castle. The show has been good to actresses who have played gay, as Stana Katic is one of its stars and Laurel Holloman has also popped up.

AE reader Razzle put up a link to this hilarious work out video trailer. You’ll definitely recognize one of the “models.”


Are you buying that DVD ASAP?

Have a nice Hump Day.

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