Last night, Michelle Rodriguez attended the premiere of her new film Battle: Los Angeles. While working the red carpet, she was asked if there were any rumors she wanted to clear up. (She was asked this by site RumorFix.com, so it made sense.) Her response:
I’m not a lesbian. Yeah! Mitchie likes sausage.
Obviously, that last bit said jokingly, but it gets the point across. So even though the actress did not proclaim her sexual identity (Is she straight? Bisexual? Not a fan of labels?), it appears that she does not want to be perceived as a gay woman.
Rodriguez has never spoken about her sexuality directly, but has been in a high-profile relationship with out actress Kristanna Loken.
In 2007, Michelle was featured on the cover of Curve magazine, which referred to her as out. Michelle took to her website to respond:
As far as rumors go of me coming out, I guess Curve magazine took it upon themselves to out me on the premise of their own suspicions. Whatever, I’m not insulted, I have a big lesbian following, and for whatever reasons they show me love I’m never going to shun, disrespect or neglect anybody who shows me genuine non-psychotic Love…. But I will Say this, to put words in someone’s mouth and place people in categories affects them for sure, especially in this business.
If I were Ellen, I may get away with ‘The I’m Gay’ level of exposure, but I’m not a comedian, I like men; (real ones anyway) and I’ve only bin [sic] in this business for 7 years not 20. Years of recognition can give a person lots of leverage especially if you have many years of positive recognition under your belt. There are certain things that can close doors between a celebrity and certain audiences. Especially in a world where walls are constantly being put up by people seeking comfort and groups to belong to.
Does this mean that Michelle may not interested in men exclusively, but that she also doesn’t want the public to know that about her? The citing of Ellen being able to “get away” with the gay “exposure” suggests that perhaps she’s just not comfortable with her sexuality or exploration of it. If she has it her way, she wants people to know that she has sexual and emotional relationships with men, and wants women left out of the equation. She also reconfirmed her “non-lesbianness” with Cayena magazine.
While Michelle has never played a gay role, she has been a lesbian favorite since starring as a female boxer in Girlfight, a surfer girl in Blue Crush. She’s since worked as a DJ at high-profile lesbian events and parties and has been photographed with out friends like Amber Heard and her partner Tasya van Ree.
Michelle continues to take on tough woman roles that she jokes often have her in SWAT gear more often than sexy two pieces, and that’s another reason why gay women love to watch her on screen. However, her affinity for repeatedly telling us how much she loves men just so she’s not mistaken for one of us can get a little tired.