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In This Interview Oscar Isaac Addresses The Fan Theory That His ‘Star Wars’ Character Is LGBT

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actors Laura Dern and Oscar Isaac talked to Collider about the upcoming film and Isaac was asked what he thought about his character, Poe Dameron, being seen as an LGBT icon. There have been rumors since the last “Star Wars” movie, “The Force Awakens,” about Poe’s relationship with Finn (John Boyega) being more meaningful that just any old space bromance. The fan art on Google of this is pretty amazing. When asked if he could confirm or deny it, or talk about what it meant to him, he kept his answer somewhat nebulous.

“What it means to me is that people can see themselves in a hero like this, in a movie like this. Which I love, not only LGBT, but Latinos, that there’s a representation out there for that,” he said, following up with, “As to actually seeing how that manifests itself in Poe, in this film, that isn’t going to necessarily be a clear story point, in this one. But as an actor, for me, I’m very open to those possible storylines and I don’t think it needs to be nailed down in any traditional way.”

So Isaac didn’t confirm or deny that Poe and Finn have a relationship, but he’s proud to represent his Latinidad. Athough we may not get the Poe and Finn romance that so many fans want in this film, it could happen in the future, in a galaxy, far, far away…


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I Chose The Name Leia When I Transitioned And Meeting Carrie Fisher Is A Moment I Will Never Forget

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I Chose The Name Leia When I Transitioned And Meeting Carrie Fisher Is A Moment I Will Never Forget

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It happened in a galaxy not too far away, meeting interstellar royalty. I was a cashier in a well-known beauty retailer based in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. What started as a trivial shift of organizing lipsticks and rechecking rollerballs became one of the most memorable moments in my life.

I was busy trying to solve the ever-constant mystery of lost pens. Fair to say I wasn’t completely focused on my jobs at hand as I did the meticulous work. I was rather new to Los Angeles and the beauty retail world still learning the ropes.

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It was that in moment a chocolate French bulldog lapped his extra long tongue on my shoes. I bent down laughing, petting him while his tongue spiraled up in between heavy pants. This wasn’t just any pampered pooch off Rodeo Drive, this dog in question was Gary Fisher, the one and only Carrie Fisher’s dog.

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This would be a good moment to clear up any confusion. My name is Leia, Carrie Fisher plays a character in the film series, Star Wars, Princess Leia, and Gary Fisher is obviously the full/accepted name of her dog. I wasn’t always named Leia. Up until I was 22, I was Jacob. I’m transgender. Fisher’s Star Wars character Princess Leia was always someone I looked up to. Her strength and fighting spirit are things I could relate to and I wanted to keep her strength with me. My name was now Leia and I was intentionally channeling that strength to guide me.

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So when I looked up to see Carrie Fisher with hundreds of dollars of sheet masks I was speechless. As a kid, I watched this woman run through the Death Star, dodging Stormtroopers braless! These are some of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood. Now it’s key to note, working in Beverly Hills, the easiest way to get fired is by making celebrities feel awkward. Oscar-nominated bad business is frowned upon. While I rang her up all I could mumble about was that her last-minute gold nail polish purchase was the “same shade as C-3PO,” and we smiled. I then saw Carrie’s eyes lock with my name tag and heard her, “Oh my God! Your name!” I nodded. She nodded. We shared a moment of clarity. I was finally acknowledged by Alderaan. Gary, Carrie, and there was I, Leia. It was the same year she passed away, but that particular day two Leia’s met in the middle. The original Princess Leia who inspired my name and taught me what it meant to be a woman had found me, accepted me, and welcomed me into her tribe. You could say it was a little luck or the Force but it’s something I’ll have a long, long time no matter how brief.

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I still work in the beauty industry and getting clients to remember my name comes down to one simple sentence, “Oh, and I’m Leia… like Star Wars.” The whole concept of naming oneself during a transition of gender is daunting. Many transgender/nonbinary identifying people change their name multiple times. My distinction didn’t take much thought. It was my first day in Los Angeles ordering coffee and being asked for my name, “I’m Leia… like Star Wars.” It was easily understood by the majority of the population and thus I became a part of a smile, of a sci-fi connection, of a Carrie Fisher stand up or book prologue. I was suddenly surrounded by the image of a side bunned, hard ass, space princess and if I could leave that in my wake then I knew I could be that much more memorable. Plus, my closest friends already addressed me as Leia at the beginning of my transition so it just made sense. I remember my encounter with Carrie Fisher fondly every year when May The 4th comes around and the power of that moment continues to impact my life.

READ: Why This Transgender Mexicana Picked This Biblical Name

Oscar Isaac Is Gomez Addams But Fans Are Upset That The Character Isn’t As Sexy As The Actor

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Oscar Isaac Is Gomez Addams But Fans Are Upset That The Character Isn’t As Sexy As The Actor

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Ever since it’s been announced that our beloved Oscar Isaac would be the voice of Gomez Addams in the animated remake of The Addams Family, set to be released this Halloween, we’ve been in an uproar. Since the cult classic 1991 feature film, we’ve all dressed up as Wednesday Addams for Halloween, and have been thirsting for more content.

The 2019 animated film will give us Academy Award-winning Charlize Theron to play Morticia, Chloe Grace Moretz to play Wednesday and Finn Wolfhard to play her brother, Pugsley. Here’s what else we know.

Everyone is pointing out that Oscar Isaac has been in cosplay all along.

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No, this is not a promotional shot of Oscar Isaac. This is just pure Oscar channeling Gomez all his life.

Unfortunately, Oscar’s animated self has no real resemblance.

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The Twitterverse is upset about this fact. We all stan a goth Charlize Theron, but one Twitter user complained that they wished Gomez was at least “hot.” Friendly reminder that this is a cartoon, gente.

This isn’t the Gomez Addams we know.

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We validate your frustrations. But before you go public, here’s a family history lesson.

As big of a sex icon that Oscar Isaac is in all our hearts and minds, animators were not going for an Oscar Isaac likeness in Gomez.

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When you typically think of the Addams’, you imagine the 1991 feature film The Addams Family, featuring Raúl Juliá. Few people think of the original comic strip and original comic Gomez that is being recreated.

That said, fans are calling for another live action so we can see Oscar Isaac in all his glory.

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Yes, it’s disappointing that we won’t be able to admire Oscar in all his glory for the hour and change you’ll be watching this film.

But, coño, welcome to the Oscar Isaac Appreciation post you wanted.

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Let us help guide you past the point of pure objectification of the objectively smokin’ actor. Get to know a guy a little.

Isaac’s full name is Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada.

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“All [casting directors] would see me for was ‘the gangster’ or whatever, so I was like, ‘Well, let me see if this helps,'” he told Esquire of his name change. His father’s side has Jewish ancestry, which is honored in his middle name, Isaac. Once people started assuming he was Jewish, directors even passed on him for Latino roles. 🤦‍♂️

He is half Cuban and half Guatemalan.

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His mother, María Eugenia Estrada, was Guatemalan. His Cuban father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, was a pulmonologist. Today, his sister is a climate scientist.

Isaac was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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When he was five years old, the family moved to Miami for a better life. He’s so Miami, he even went to Miami Dade for some of his college. If you’re Miami, you know.

Today, the actor is 40 years old.

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This Latino stereotype we see to be true: we just keep getting better with age.

Isaac was expelled from his Christian school in 7th grade.

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Isaac told Details the likely reasons he was expelled: “I sprayed a fire extinguisher in the gym and defaced a mural. Wrote curse words on all the stairs up to the library, like s**tf**ka**, all the way to the top step. Yeah, it was just stupid, stupid.”

He was raised in a strictly Evangelical Christian household.

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He told Rolling Stone, “The social-conservative culture wasn’t lining up with what I was understanding Jesus was saying.” He did not see eye to eye with his parents growing up.

Which is all ironic given that his break out role was as Saint Joseph in The Nativity Scene.

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Remember that movie your dad made you all watch every Navidad since 2006? That’s courtesy of Saint Oscar Isaac himself.

He was in a bunch of punk bands in the 1990s.

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Before he ventured out into acting, he was passionate about music. Some of the ska bands he performed with include Closet Heterosexuals, Petrified Frogs, and The Worms.

Isaac went to the prestigious Juilliard.

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While he was performing in bands and some stage productions, he was working on his admissions requirements for Juilliard. While at the school, he was even classmates with his future co-star in A Most Violent Year, Jessica Chastain.

Isaac won his first Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s Show Me a Hero.

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He portrayed the youngest ever mayor of Yonkers, New York, Nick Wasicsko. Wasicsko is best known for his successful desegregation of public housing.

Isaac named his son after his mother, Eugenia.

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He married Danish film director Elvira Lind in February 2017. In April of that year, they had their son, Eugene, together.

His first credited film role was “Pool Boy.”

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This was back in 1998, well before Rolling Stone dubbed him “The Internet’s Boyfriend” in 2016. Needless to say, he’s been dubbed a sex symbol, but Isaac maintains he’s the picture of monogamy.

Isaac listed his experience as an orderly at his dad’s hospital for Juilliard.

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He told Vice, “When I applied to Juilliard, they asked, ‘What other jobs have you done that qualifies you?’ I put the hospital down, because you get to see the extremes of humanity there—life and death.”

We cannot wait to hear his suave adoration for all things spooky as Gomez.

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With a rap sheet like Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, and Inside Llewyn Davis in his recent history, we hope we see Isaac scoring more roles. To this day, he won’t consider himself a “movie star.” He’s simply a devoted (successful) actor.

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