*First of all, Lena Waithe is “very much a lesbian, OK?” (Her words, not ours). Secondly, Waithe didn’t cut her hair on a whim.
“I’ve gotten gayer, guys,” the Emmy Award winner joked to a Variety reporter Thursday on the red carpet for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet.
Waithe broke it down, saying that she’d been thinking about cutting it for a while, but felt restricted by apprehension of how others would perceive her.
“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” Waithe said. “I think I thought for a long time, ‘Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be — in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories — I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch,’ and I’ve always thought, ‘Well, no, I’m not that, I’m still soft,’ and I said, ‘Oh, I gotta put that down ’cause that’s something that’s outside of me.’”
But guess what? Waithe, the creator of Showtime’s “The Chi,” found that loping off her hair made her feel “so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself.”
“If people call me a butch or say ‘She’s stud’ or call me sir out in the world — so what? So be it. I’m here with a suit on, not a stitch of makeup and a haircut — I feel like, ‘Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?’”
In other news, Waithe recently got herself a first-look deal at Showtime and is set to produce a comedy series for HBO from Kid Fury. She’s also set to executive produce two seasons of the anthology series “Them” for Amazon from writer Little Marvin, according to the Variety report.