Once upon a time, like about ten minutes ago or so, we existed in a world where a young actress with a breakout role in an A-list blockbuster superhero movie would have an image so curated and micromanaged she’d seem like a factory-built Cylon. Brianna Hildebrand, for example. She played Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool, a movie that’s receiving almost as much press during its DVD release this week as it did when it landed in theaters in February. Not very long ago, Brianna Hildebrand would have been presented to us by a publicity team as a very straight person, and we wouldn’t have known any better.
Hey, but guess what? Brianna Hildebrand has Twitter and Brianna Hildebrand also has a girlfriend.
Kind of except she's a girl https://t.co/MLVlFVjEAf
— Brianna Hildebrand (@briannahilde) April 22, 2016
Over the last few weeks, she’s just casually started talking about her girlfriend on Twitter, like NBD, no need for some kind of orchestrated coming out. No need to pretend she’s straight, or to just be silent about her sexuality. It’s kind of mind-boggling, really, the way things are shifting so quickly with regards to celebrities coming out. It’s almost like for famous humans Brianna Hildebrand’s age (19), there’s no need to even come out at all. More and more Hollywood people just are out these days. They’re posting photos of them smooching their queer partners on Instagram; they’re casually dropping their sexual orientation into conversations; they’re sidestepping the closet completely.
Brianna Hildebrand is being extra adorable about it.
I'm trying to sleep but my girlfriend won't stop playing Family Feud on her iPhone. pic.twitter.com/X8wnJJZXFr
— Brianna Hildebrand (@briannahilde) May 9, 2016
"When I was little we went to Hawaii & I made my parents call me Jamie. If that wasn't the moment my parents knew I was gay idk what was."
— Brianna Hildebrand (@briannahilde) April 29, 2016
Today my girlfriend tweeted for the first time since she shared her Peanuts Movie character in September… I'm so proud.
— Brianna Hildebrand (@briannahilde) February 10, 2016
Last night my girlfriend and I told ourselves that we bought 6 bags of Milk Chocolate Cadbury Eggs because Easter.
Today I'm not so sure..
— Brianna Hildebrand (@briannahilde) March 27, 2016
Is this the future? Gosh, I hope so! You should watch Deadpool. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is, in the words of Deadpool himself, cool as shit. (Brianna Hildebrand’s Instagram is also a treasure trove of delightfully unapologetic feminism.)
Edit: This post originally referred to Brianna Hildebrand as gay because we misunderstood the “I knew I was gay” tweet. It is maybe not in reference to her. The post has been updated to reflect that she is a girl with a girlfriend with no confirmed label.