The Hunger Games’ Jena Malone Reflects on Her Journey in Coming Out as Pansexual
Jena Malone gets candid about her “sexual journey.”
The Hunger Games actress recently came out as pansexual, stating on Instagram, “I guess I felt like a heterosexual male trapped in a woman’s body. I imagined his wants and projected them onto myself. But this was never the end of the story designed for me.”
“So I’ve been figuring out a new method to tell it,” she went on. “Finding words that feel more appropriate to explore in my story. Pansexuality. Sapiosexuality. Polyamory. Broader awareness of what my tale requires of me.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 37-year-old revealed that being upfront about her sexuality “felt so great.” “I’ve been considering it for a long,” she explained. “The sexual journey is breathtaking. All of the identity trips are fantastic.”
Jena has “been loving the process of learning more about myself and others through different terms that open windows, those windows then turn into doors, and then I arrive at a place to find all this cool stuff out there,” despite feeling “a little bit late to the game in being able to have less shame.”
She said, “It’s now a part of humanity to have all these exclamation points surrounding coming out, abandoning [an identity], and enjoying that place for yourself. It’s a truly touching and human experience. I enjoy learning more about myself, regardless of my age or experience.”
Jena’s family has been “very supportive” of her path, she says. After all, “my sister is gay, and I grew up with two moms who were lovers and subsequently divorced,” the actress explained.
“It’s all thrilling and lovely and perfectly wonderful,” Jena, who has a 5-year-old boy Ode with ex Ethan DeLorenzo, said.
“It’s great to be able to have these diverse conversations with everyone. I consider myself really fortunate to have a supportive family.”