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Susan Sarandon discusses being sexually fluid: “I'm open”

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Susan Sarandon has discussed her fluid sexual orientation in a new interview.

Speaking to pridesource.com, the actor explains that she’s been in several long-term relationships – including ex-husbands Chris Sarandon, who she married at age 20, and Tim Robbins – and so hadn’t really explored her sexuality.

“Well, I'm a serial monogamist, so I haven't really had a large dating career,” she says.

“I married Chris Sarandon when I was 20, and that went on for quite a while – each of my relationships have. I haven't exactly been in the midst of a lot of offers of any kind. I'm still not! I don't know what's going on! But I think back in the sixties it just was much more open."



Asked whether that meant she was “open” regarding her sexuality, Sarandon, 70, agrees: “I'm open. My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say.”

Susan Sarandon with co-star Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise

Susan Sarandon with co-star Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise

Sarandon also describes in the interview enjoying a passionate love affair with Phillip Sayer, her co-star in The Hunger – despite the fact that he was gay.

She said: “I did at one point have a very successful and very loving and wonderful affair with a man who then wasn't with another woman after me, and that worked out fine! I don't think you had to declare yourself as rigidly as you do now in terms of having to declare yourself almost politically about your sexual preference.

“Philip Sayer, he was a wonderful actor. He passed away, but yes, he was gay, and we had a great relationship in every way.”



Sarandon has become something of an LGBT icon thanks to her work on films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hunger and The Celluloid Closet.

And, saying that the majority of her close friends are “gay men and women”, Sarandon explains that she has always felt an affinity with “outsiders”.

“My people, my family for all these years have always been my allies and have always been very, very important to me, very dear to me through the AIDS crisis and everything,” she explained. “It's just a natural, very easy extended family for me.”

She adds: “My friends I’ve had forever and ever and ever are gay men and women.”

Sarandon, who is set to star alongside Jessica Lange in a new TV series, Feud, recently discussed ageism and sexism in Hollywood.

Admitting that ageism was still a very real problem for many women in the limelight, the actor added that “things have changed” a little.

Many women, she pointed out, have begun developing their own projects, and writing their own roles – and many, herself included, have enjoyed long and flourishing careers.

“When I started, it was over by 40,” she said. “So definitely the line has been pushed… but ageing actors still have the same problems. I can guarantee that.”

Images; Rex Pictures

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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