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JIC Post: By Sarah WarnAfterEllenKristanna Loken, the 26-year-old actress who had her break-out role in 2003's Terminator 3 and currently stars in the film BloodRayne, publicly discusses for the first time in the March issue of Curve magazine that she's had--and will continue to have--relationships with women."I have dated and have had sex with men and women and have to say that the relationships I have had with certain women have been much more fulfilling, sexually and emotionally, than of those with certain men," she tells Curve. "I connect with an aura, with energy. And if the person with whom I connect happens to be a female, that’s just the way it is. That’s what makes my wheels turn.”In the Curve interview, Loken also talks about her lesbian sister, who has been with her partner for more than a decade, and the indie film Loken is currently executive producing and starring in, Lime Salted Love, which she described to MTV as "similar to Reality Bites with a splash of Memento like disjointed narrative."This isn't the first time Loken has talked about same-sex attraction--the topic has come up frequently in interviews ever since she was caught on camera kissing pop singer Pink in 2003. But she has always approached the subject with some ambiguity, as she did last month in an interview with men's magazine FHM.When asked about the difference between kissing men vs. women, Loken replied candidly, "The texture of a woman’s mouth and lips are so much softer than a man’s. It’s more romantic, but there are women who can be rough". But when asked if she "kisses a lot of women", Loken hedged, saying "I don’t like to make anything a habit, but I’m definitely open-minded about kissing women."In the same interview, Loken also talked about the weeks she spent in Romania filming BloodRayne, which co-stars Michelle Rodriguez (Lost) and is written by out lesbian Guinevere Turner (The L Word, Go Fish). "I partied with Michelle Rodriguez," Loken told FHM. "We’d hang out, drink a lot of crappy vodka and hit the clubs. One of them had a pool inside it. We would go, get really drunk and end up swimming in it by the end of the night."When asked by FHM, "did you make out with Michelle?", Loken would only answer, "I plead the fifth on that."Loken was born on a farm in upstate New York, and began her acting career in New York City at 13 when she landed a role on As the World Turns. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles, where she did some modeling to pay the bills while she took roles in little-known movies and TV shows, like Academy Boyz and Mortal Kombat: Conquest, that never quite panned out.Loken attributes some of her early struggles in acting to her unusual height (she's 5'11") and her athleticism. "I think when I was younger, people didn't quite know how to cast me," Loken told JoBlo.com earlier this month. "I've always been tall and physically fit. I'm an equestrian and very outdoorsy. So when Terminator 3 came along, I thought I could transcend all the things that had maybe been physically detrimental and turn them into attributes."Many were surprised when the relatively unknown Loken beat out other well-known actresses to land the role of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg nemesis in 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but her performance earned her critical and popular success. That led to more roles like her current one in BloodRayne, in which Loken plays a half-vampire, half-human who strives to avenge her mother's rape by her father, the King of the Vampires.Unfortunately for Loken, BloodRayne appears to be a critical and commercial flop, earning only $1.6 million in its opening weekend and getting an overwhelming thumbs down by critics. But she has several other upcoming roles that will give viewers an opportunity to see her in action--literally. Like her previous roles, her roles in the near future all involve some form of Kristanna Kicking Ass.First up is the medieval epic Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, based on a tragic German love story, in which Loken plays a Norse warrior Queen. The mini-series airs in two parts on the Sci Fi Network on March 27th and 28th.Then there's the big-budget science fiction film In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, opening November 3, in which she plays a wood nymph who lives in the forest with her band of women and protects the trees.Finally, she plays a femme fatale in Lime Salted Love, which Loken hopes to see released sometime in 2006.In a 2003 interview with Dark Horizons during the height of her Terminator 3 fame, Loken elaborated on how she incorporates her sexuality into her public image. "I think that you have to present an image that is A, true to you, and B, the way you would like to be perceived," she said, "so I think that through the years I've worked really hard at trying to create an image that is true to me. And I think sensuality is a part of me. It's not all of me, but it's a part of who I am."Issues of identity and sexuality frequently surface in Loken's interviews, primarily because of the type of tough yet overtly sexy female characters she tends to play."There was a period of time where I tried to cut my hair and dye it and change my appearance," Loken told Dark Horizons, "but I realize that in the end, you look better in a specific way and people are always going to pass judgment on you, so it's really up to them to see you in the light that you want to be seen or just not understand you."As for why she already has so many lesbian fans, Loken tells Curve, “Women are drawn to other strong women. I am the only woman who has ever fought Arnold [Schwarzenegger] in any movie and won. That might turn some women on.”With this decision to come out publicly now, Loken joins a small but growing list of actresses--including Angelina Jolie, Cynthia Nixon, Heather Matarazzo, Tammy Lynn Michaels, and Portia de Rossi--who are openly acknowledging their romantic and sexual involvement with women.When combined with the increasing visibility of lesbian and bisexual women in American pop culture, and the media's extensive coverage in the last few years of gay rights issues, these women help to chip away at the stereotypes and misconceptions of lesbian and bisexual women that many Americans still hold.They also make it a little easier for the next woman to come out--and a little more fun for lesbian and bisexual women at the movies.
If this movie didn't SUCK so badly, I might be more heartened by the lesbian angle.
Hey, "Eternal" was crap, too but so much eye candy... *sigh* Now if you'll excuse me, I'll go back to watching my wornout VHS copy of "Tipping the Velvet" for the 50th time. Thank gawd for the BBC -- and for Rachel Stirling.
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