Director Paul Feig dropped a major hint about a rumor ‘Ghostbusters’ fans had been dying to have confirmed: Kate McKinnon’s character Jillian is gay! While Paul only alluded to it, he mentioned that Kate brought a lot of herself into the character…get it?
The speculation about Kate McKinnon‘s Ghostbusters character Jillian Holtzmann’s sexual preferences were fueled by a hilarious scene in the film, when she first meets Kristen Wiig‘s character, Erin Gilbert — a look-up-and-down followed by, “Come here often?”
“I hate to be coy about it. But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…,” Ghostbusters director Paul Feig told the Daily Beast, apparently giving a ‘grinning, silent nod’. “You know, Kateis who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa [McCarthy’s] characters. I think it’s a very interesting, close relationship.
If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around,” Paul continued. “I wanted to let that come out in this character. I wasn’t like, ‘And now you should wink at them.’ This is stuff that is coming out of Kate!
“That’s why you connect with those characters. They’re playing versions of themselves. That’s what makes a comedic actor fantastic, when that personality comes out. That’s why it’s so terrible when writer-directors say, ‘Stick to the script!’ Why would you hire these people who have these enormous personalities and then just cut them off?”
Saying that the actresses played versions of themselves is an incredible hint. Kate is gay (actually the first out lesbian to appear on SNL), and saying that he wanted to let her express herself, let her personality “come out in this character,” could definitely be interpreted this way.
HollywoodLifers, do you wish that Jillian Holtzmann’s sexuality had been included in Ghostbusters? Tell us in the comments!