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Interview Playboy magazine may 21st 2018

Brianna Hildebrand Is Not Your F—ing Average Superhero Sidekick

Oh, fuck: Yes, it’s another trying-too-hard-to-get-your-attention first sentence for a celebrity profile where the writer just wants to prove how clever he is, rather than focusing on the subject. Brianna Hildebrand, she’s the subject. OK, next paragraph; we’ll all be out of here in no time.

Hildebrand, to borrow from the vernacular of the foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-shattering franchise that provided the 21-year-old actress with her first Hollywood role, is probably not who you fucking think she is, just as the Deadpool films themselves defy categorization. And Deadpool 2, in theaters Friday, May 18 (here’s your release-date callout, 20th Century Fox), provides her character, the never-met-a-situation-she-couldn’t-scowl-through Negasonic Teenage Warhead, with the kind of plot twist that the film’s zinger-crazed title antihero would live to deride: a character-developing romance.

As it turns out, star and producer Ryan Reynolds gave Hildebrand, a member of the LGBTQ community, a chance to sign off on Negasonic spending much of the film with her new girlfriend, fellow mutant Yukio, because Reynolds is a good guy (more on that to come, fear not). “I was surprised when I was pitched it, but Ryan just sent me an email and was like, ‘How would you feel about this?'” the actress tells Playboy. “And so that’s great—I’m glad he asked me how I would feel about it. Obviously, I was like, ‘I feel amazing about it. Let’s do it!’ I am glad that he asked me, though. I probably would have been like, ‘Wow.'”

Yep—wow. Sure enough, people basically lost their shit when word got out that Deadpool 2 includes the first-ever LGBT couple in a mainstream superhero film. This is a genre that historically has had enough trouble even lending the spotlight to female ass-kickers, so a queer romance for a central character is no everyday occurrence. And yes, Hildebrand thinks it’s taken too long for a woman to lead a superhero film, pointing out that she did not grow up reading comic books (no trolling allowed for this revelation, please) and says, “I probably would have been more into superheroes if there would have been more female ones growing up.”

By | 2018-05-21T14:07:16+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Article/interview, Brianna, Movies|