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:
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:
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.