The highly anticipated (or highly dreaded, if you ask certain obnoxious fanboys) “Ghostbusters” reboot will hit theaters this weekend. All this week, director Paul Feig has been doing press for his new film, and he recently dropped an interesting tidbit about it. In an interview with The Daily Beast, writer Jen Yamato asked Feig if Kate McKinnon’s character Jillian Holtzmann was gay, to which he replied, “What do you think?” Yamato said that she “liked to think yes,” to which Feig offered “a grinning, silent nod” and said, “I hate to be coy about it, but when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…”
Feig couldn’t confirm the character’s sexuality, but he went on to discuss Holtmann’s relationship with Melissa McCarthy’s character Erin Gilbert. “I think it’s a very interesting, close relationship. If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around. I wanted to let that come out in this character.”
Feig is best known for creating the widely acclaimed teen TV series “Freaks and Geeks,” and for his directorial collaborations with McCarthy, such as “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” and “Spy.” Meanwhile, Kate McKinnon is currently a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and recently offered her voice talent to “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Finding Dory”; she’s the first openly lesbian cast member in “SNL’s” history.
“Ghostbusters” opens in theaters nationwide on July 15th.