Actor Billy Dee Williams, who is best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars saga, has come out as gender fluid.
In a recent interview with Out magazine, the 82-year-old actor explained that he uses both male and female pronouns and doesn’t put limitations on himself in terms of gender. “I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
Billy went on to explain, “I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.”
The news follows the revelation that Donald Glover, who played a young Lando in Solo, discussed gender fluidity and sexuality ahead of that film’s release. Billy seemed to love that tidbit, saying, “Really? That kid is brilliant — just look at those videos.”
Billy is also known for playing Gale Sayers in Brian’s Song. He has said that the role was his most memorable. “It was a love story, really. Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division.”
Fans of the franchise are gearing up for Billy’s epic return as Lando in the forthcoming latest installment, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be released on December 19, 2019, and will close out the most recent extension of the Star Wars universe. What’s not yet known is Lando’s fate, and speculation is rife as to whether or not the beloved character will continue on beyond Episode IX.