Who is Mackenzie Davis’s partner? Is the Happiest Season star gay?

As November arrives, attention always turns to the festive season that’s right around the corner.

That means a plethora of Christmas films are on the verge of release and Hulu have just released their main festive offering of 2020, Happiest Season.

The film stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis who play lesbian couple, Abby and Harper.

The fact that Mackenzie Davis is playing a gay character in Happiest Season has led many fans to wonder if the actress is gay herself and whether or not she has a partner.

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis: ‚It’s a gay Christmas movie. That’s a huge exhale‘

The actors star in Happiest Season, the first mainstream festive romcom about a same-sex couple. They talk about their friendship, the sudden abundance of queer content – and run the rule on Love, Actually

“It’s a gay Christmas movie,” says Kristen Stewart. “And I know that’s an annoying thing to label it right off the bat, but, for me, that is extremely attractive, and sounds like … a huge exhale.”

Quietly and unobtrusively, Happiest Season feels like a big deal. It’s a festive romcom, directed by Clea DuVall, and stars Mackenzie Davis as Harper and Stewart as Abby, a couple who are forced to navigate Harper’s conservative, wealthy family at Christmas. Over five increasingly frantic days, they have to pretend to be friends who just happen to live in the same apartment, for fear of Harper’s parents finding out they are together. While those ingredients could make for a potentially hefty drama, Happiest Season cooks them up into comedy, finding touching moments amid the sharply written silliness and chaos. It’s funny, it’s ambitious and it’s the first mainstream gay Christmas romcom.

“Has there been no romantic comedy that has queer leads?” asks Davis, sounding unsure.

“That’s probably not true,” says Stewart. “But, like, two girls in a Christmas movie? From a studio like Sony? Absolutely not.” She nuh-uhs for emphasis. “I mean, I did not cultivate this experience. I’m not saying: ‘We’re the fucking first!’ I’m more just praising the people that made this up.”

In 2017, Stewart hosted Saturday Night Live, telling the audience that she was “like, so gay, dude”. She says that when she was younger, she didn’t have a film like this. “I didn’t grow up with a movie that had such expansive ambition, that had two female leads at the centre of a love story, and not in this format. Not to say there hasn’t been great queer content made over the years that has been really beautiful, and really important touchstones. But at the same time, it’s not something that I grew up with, and I would have loved to. So it feels good to be a part of it.”

The pair are both speaking from their respective homes in Los Angeles, though Davis is packing up to leave hers. We talked in September, when wildfires were ravaging the area and people were being advised to stay indoors. “Mackenzie is unloading her dishwasher, and I’m just sitting in my boudoir,” says Stewart, as plates clank in the background. “You’re gonna hear a lot of background noise,” warns Davis.

They clearly get on well. “Fuck, Mackenzie, what was that thing you said that I thought was so funny?” says Stewart, at one point.

“I love you, and I’m in love with you?” replies Davis, deadpan.

“Riiiight. So we loved each other, we’re in love with each other, and we made this movie about people loving each other,” jokes Stewart.

Stewart signed up to Happiest Season first, after DuVall flew to Germany, where Stewart was working, to persuade her to get on board. “We talked about who we could possibly find as a partner for Abby, and we talked about throngs of people, until we got to Mackenzie and realised there was absolutely literally no one else. Thankfully she wanted to do it.”

Why did it have to be Davis? “It’s a question that I like answering, because you can’t say these things about yourself,” says Stewart. “She is such a real person. I wanted this couple, and the way that we represented these individuals, to feel really casual, sort of self-assured. And Mackenzie is fun and infectious, and she has a confidence that I find contagious.” Both agree that their chemistry never felt forced. “It was really important for me to show a queer couple feeling cool and comfortable and in their own skin. I can’t watch this movie and be like, it’s kind of bullshit. Anyway, luckily, Mackenzie exists, and there you go.”

They shot Happiest Season in Pittsburgh, in January and February, with the pandemic hovering just out of focus, and managed to get it finished before everything shut down. “We were watching it approach, like absolute idiots,” recalls Davis. “We’re the exact same way about the fires in LA or climate change in general, that if it’s burning on the other side of the city, you’re like: ‘Oh that’s awful.’ But you don’t change your behaviour at all. And then the smoke is in your neighbourhood, and you’re like: ‘I just won’t go outside.’ We have such a delayed reaction to things. It’s shocking.”

Stewart says that this film “is the only movie I wouldn’t feel weird about releasing right now”. She points out that it was made just before the world drastically changed. “So it’s not like” – she does a mock-cheery voice – “‘This is what we’re working on now!’ Because actually, this is coming from such a warm and well-intentioned place. A beautiful Christmas movie about people coming together, a family getting on the other side of a misunderstanding. It doesn’t make me go: why aren’t we having greater conversations right now? Because this is a conversation that’s valid, and it’s relevant.”

She says there are times when she has felt less comfortable about promoting films or work, in the context of what else has been going on in the world. “I had to go on Ellen the day after Trump was elected, and I was emotional and crazy. I’ve had experiences where I’m like, this feels stupid and I don’t want to do it right now. Whereas this, it doesn’t feel stupid to me.”

Over the past year or two, it has been hard not to notice that there are more big films with prominent same-sex female relationships, though it’s worth noting that the previous scarcity would make anything look like a glut. Still, from arthouse to Netflix, LGBTQ+ characters are there, onscreen, in greater numbers than before. Why is that? “I think it’s just evidence of progress and desire,” says Stewart. “You know, it’s one foot in front of the other. It’s pretty obvious to anyone that’s ever engaged with this thought process that the answer would be: because we’re choking for it, obviously, and so there needs to be more.”

Davis adds that, since it takes time for films to get made and then released, “these decisions were probably made three or four years ago. So there’s this weird time delay where we’re celebrating it now.” In 2016, she starred in San Junipero, a rare episode of Black Mirror that was optimistic and sweet, telling the story of two women who meet and fall in love, at first, in the 80s.

“I went into it totally self-interested,” says Davis. “I wanted to work with these people, and I loved this story. I failed to recognise the cultural importance, because I just wasn’t aware of the lack of this type of story in the queer canon.” That is to say, a positive story, with a happy ending.

“It wasn’t until it came out that I was like, oh fuck, people have been screaming for this, and now there’s a positive rendering of a queer relationship, that doesn’t – I mean strangely, you know, spoiler, they’re dead – but it doesn’t end in a tragic death. There’s this sense of a rebirth, which is beautiful.”

She has a theory. “Ugh, this is going to make me sound like such an idiot asshole,” she says, cautiously, but she wonders if San Junipero might have had some part to play in ushering this new wave in. “Maybe it’s just because I was in the media that was being talked about, but it was a conversation I hadn’t been aware of before, and it felt like people were really interested in these stories.” That doesn’t make you sound like an idiot. “I didn’t want to be like, well, it’s because of San Junipero!” she says, laughing. “It’s not at all. I think Charlie [Brooker] is somebody who was doing something before there was a critical and commercial outcry for it. And then I think savvy people in the business recognised that there was a commercial desire for this thing and answered that call. You know what I mean?”

Stewart says that when she saw San Junipero, “it perked my ears up at that time. I was with my first girlfriend, and we were like: ‘Oh, that’s on TV, that’s crazy.’ Like, it was definitely something I noticed. And that’s so cool and weird, and now, I’m here with you doing an interview.”

Happiest Season is flying another flag, too, for romantic comedies, albeit in a spikier format – it is a love story, but it is pleasingly resistant to sentimentality. There is an argument that the romcom has been in decline since its 90s heyday, bumped off by the big superhero franchises. Do we need more romcoms? “I haven’t seen many superhero movies, but just selfishly, I really prefer a romantic comedy,” says Stewart. “Mackenzie, you’ve done both things, you were a fucking superhero.”

Davis played Grace, an “augmented” human soldier, in 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, but she opts to offer the non-augmented view. “I will speak about this as an audience member. I’ve been watching a lot of romantic comedies recently, because I like to watch fun digestible movies when I’m doing chores around my house. And you can’t go outside because the smoke is so thick in Los Angeles. I love them. I’m so comforted by them.”

“I was not expecting that answer at all,” says Stewart. “Really? You’ve been watching tons of romantic comedies?”

“Well, yeah. I just watched Plus One, which is that woman from Pen15 [Maya Erskine], she’s so good. And then I watched what I think is one of the best romantic comedies of all time, Sleeping With Other People, by Leslye Headland. But there is this perfect, idealised kind of love that gets communicated through [romantic comedies] that I do find a little bit dangerous,” Davis says. “I think our movie is like, love’s hard. And I like that our movie is romantic, and it’s a comedy and it’s a Christmas movie, but it feels a little less neat than a traditional romantic comedy, or some of the ones that I’ve been frequenting in the last few weeks.”

“It really is,” adds Stewart. “Like, When Harry Met Sally is the messiest, scariest thing ever until they get together, which takes years and years.”

Making a Christmas movie, romantic or otherwise, can be a risky business. Happiest Season pulls it off, but plenty of others have stumbled. What does it take to make a good festive film? “I think a really good Christmas movie just feels lived in,” says Stewart. “It feels like pyjamas. Like, oh God, those people really know each other, to the point that they hate each other, and then it becomes funny again. Usually, a good Christmas movie … are you ready for this?” She puts on a cheesy voice: “It makes you believe in Christmas.”

As for their favourites, Davis says she watched a lot of Home Alone growing up. “And I’ve never been a Love, Actually identifier, but I think I am. Hugh Grant is so talented. If you watch a good four performances in a row, he is just such a brilliant performer. I guess that’s my Christmas movie.”

It’s a divisive one, I say. People either love it or loathe it.

“I think I’ve been right in the middle where I’m like, sure it’s fine, but, it doesn’t mean anything to me, but I think it’s great. Um, why do people hate it?” she asks.

Well, some people think the Andrew Lincoln storyline is creepy.

“Oh, that he steals Keira Knightley from his best friend? But he makes a series of signs!”

Stewart interjects. “I probably shouldn’t mention this, but fuck it. I also felt a little weird about the guy who … Colin Firth is going after someone he’s really never spoken to. And I understand that love transcends language barriers, but at the same time … I probably shouldn’t have said this …”

“You guys,” says Davis, suddenly. “I have to say something.”

“I hate Love, Actually. I take back what I said before.”

“Honestly, I felt like I was digging myself this hole!” says Stewart. “And then you just really jumped in and helped me out, like you agree. I don’t have a favourite Christmas movie. I think that’s the base truth of this conversation. But I have seen Love, Actually.”

“I know,” says Davis, happily. “There was so much performance going on, and we finally stripped it all down.”

Stewart sounds relieved. “You’re really my all-time favourite person.”

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Kristen Stewart on ‚gray area‘ of only gay actors playing gay characters

In Clea DuVallHappiest Season,” Kristen Stewart plays Abby, an art history Ph.D. student whose girlfriend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), has invited her home for Christmas. Though she’s at first reluctant to go, Abby then decides she’ll actually propose to Harper, assuming that meeting the family goes well — but Harper tells Abby she hasn’t yet come out to her parents, and they both have to pretend to be straight. It’s a romcom with a queer twist, and a conventional Christmas comedy made radical merely by centering the story on a lesbian couple.

Since her “Twilight” years, Stewart has made eclectic career decisions that have veered from indies such as “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Seberg” to more mainstream fare like the 2019 “Charlie’s Angels” reboot — but she’s never been especially associated with romantic comedies. Yet writer-director DuVall wanted an actor who could do both comedy and drama, and so when she was putting “Happiest Season” together, she flew to the “Charlie’s Angels” set in Germany to meet with Stewart. “I already wanted her before,” DuVall told Variety about those initial conversations with Stewart. “But after meeting with her, I couldn’t imagine making the movie with anybody else.”

“Happiest Season” was backed by Sony’s Tri-Star Pictures from the start, and was poised to be first LGBTQ movie from a major Hollywood studio to be produced as a broad commercial vehicle. But with the theatrical business in its current nearly non-existent state, Sony had to bow to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic and sell “Happiest Season” to Hulu — where it will premiere on the streaming service on Nov. 25. In a recent interview, Stewart talked about building the Abby-Harper relationship with Davis and DuVall, how working with Daniel Levy made her raise her game and the thorny question of whether only gay actors should play gay characters.

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Mackenzie Davis Gay Rumors?Online poll shows 77 percent think she might be gay

It seems like every celebrity has been called gay at some point or another. Many of the gay rumors surrounding Mackenzie DavisBlade Runner 2049The Martian) seem to be tied to her obsessive attention to her body, like most actresses.

However the poll suggests that a big majority – 77% – of fans don’t care about her sexual orientation.

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Love life: Is there a Mackenzie Davis husband?

To all the celebrity’s fans who have been asking, „Is Mackenzie Davis dating?“ Mackenzie Davis boyfriend is Gus Thompson. Davis and Gus have been seen at events together several times, but the actress is yet to confirm or deny their relationship openly.

Is Mackenzie Davis married? The answer to this question is no; the actress is not married. The Mackenzie Davis wedding is an event that is yet to take place.

Who’s gay, who’s bi, and who’s just an icon.

Happiest Season, the heartwarming new Christmas movie about meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time—while having to hide that she’s your girlfriend—features more out LGBTQ stars than any studio romantic comedy in memory. The movie, which comes out on Hulu on Nov. 25, boasts Kristen Stewart’s first real turn as a rom-com heroine, but its queerness doesn’t stop with its story or its top-billed star.

If you’re like me in that you automatically assume any film that throws around “Sappho” as a slapstick pejorative must’ve been made by more than a few friends of Dorothy, read on. We’re here to break down who is gay, who is bisexual, and who is just an icon.

Talking 2020 with the co-star of Hulu’s new lesbian holiday rom-com, Happiest Season.

It somehow feels very appropriate for 2020 that my first question for the 33-year-old Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis, co-star of the lesbian holiday rom-com Happiest Season, makes her cry.

Davis is speaking to me from a dim, modern-looking London Airbnb. Her long hair is pulled back and has been dyed back to the blonde that it wasn’t in Hulu’s Happiest Season (her character is a brunette). After I mention the fraughtness of this moment — the pandemic, the election — she stands and ducks out of the Zoom window momentarily. “Sorry,” she says when she returns. “My kettle was boiling, and I was starting to cry so … just do both. Sorry, I’ve never cried in an interview before.”

It has been a hell of a year, we both acknowledge, with a lot of never befores. I tell her that basically anyone I talk to who’s going through a hard time feels as though they need to append their woes with a disclaimer. Davis does the same, making sure to acknowledge that “the past four years have been real hell for so many people — at the very least of them me, because of certain demographics that I fit into. I’ve been able to not feel the weight of some of the monstrosity.” At the same time, she says, not wiping away her tears, “I think it’s real torture for most people to be faced with so much volatility and anger and divisiveness all the time.”

In the face of this particularly difficult period, Happiest Season promises a form of escapism for a lot of people. Although I’m not usually a rom-com watcher (I’ve seen Love Actually, and that’s about it), I had been looking forward to Clea DuVall’s cinematic project ever since I heard about it. As a queer moviegoer, I’ve seen enough angsty flicks to last me a lifetime — the “Bury Your Gays” trope is so prevalent it has a name — and I wanted to see something so fluffy that it would carry me away on a Sapphic cotton cloud. I wasn’t expecting something that would make me cry as much as Happiest Season ultimately did. Then again, a general sense of being emotionally frayed seems to bleed into the air.

Davis stars in the movie as Harper, who brings her girlfriend, Abby, played by a lovingly brooding Kristen Stewart, home for the holidays. Harper isn’t out to her family, however — nor does she want Abby to let her family know that she herself is a lesbian. To my surprise, I was genuinely devastated by Abby’s plight. Despite the film’s humor (Abby is literally trapped in a closet!), my heart broke over and over again as I watched Harper become a stranger to her girlfriend. “I am not hiding you,” Harper pleads to Abby during one argument that had me sobbing. “I am hiding me.”

It’s a story I hadn’t seen much onscreen before, rom-com or not. How does it feel to be a part of this pop-culture landmark?

“Kristen and I had talked about [how] if it came out, we would feel so jealous that we didn’t get to be a part of it. It’s special culturally and socially, but it’s also special personally,” Davis says. “It’s important to me to politically and ethically stand behind the things and the images that I contribute to the world. But not always in an overtly political way. This movie in particular feels like it’s only political in the liner notes. It’s political in how sort of standard it is — a standard Christmas rom-com.”

“Political in the liner notes” is perhaps an apt way to describe many of Davis’s roles, which include Yorkie in the Emmy-winning episode “San Junipero” and characters with a strong gay subtext, like Grace (paired with Dani) in Terminator: Dark Fate. These characters haven’t gone unnoticed by the internet, especially on Tumblr, where Davis has a strong queer fanbase. There, her fans delight in memes like the one depicting Yorkie in a plaid shirt saying, “Hi, I’m gay, and you are?” (Although Davis shies away from discussing her private life, she has identified as straight in previous interviews.) Other past roles — as Cameron Howe in AMC’s critically acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire and in a number of shorts and feature films, including Always Shine and Tully — are laser-focused on female friendships. How much strategy, I wonder, went into choosing characters that impact the ways women and queer people build confidence?

Davis explains that, for her, it was never explicitly about representing queer women. “It always felt like representing women in a way that I wanted to be represented or identified with,” she says, “and I felt proud of the versions of women I was putting out into the world. I always felt like I didn’t understand, when I was younger, the secret combination that made you desirable to men.” Laughing, her face lively with the memory, she describes turning down an audition for a role on a TV show “where her whole identity was that she got finger­banged by a quarterback and he lost his ring inside of her.”

Although this year has cut the dream short for now, Davis one day hopes to work onstage. “It’s been something I’ve been aiming to do since I was 25 years old,” she says. “Every year it’s like, ‘Okay, you just need to get a green card.’ Then I got a green card, and now theater doesn’t exist anymore. I’m actually working with this amazing master of the text of Shakespeare who’s worked at the Globe for 30 years, and we’re reading Shakespeare together.” Her dream role at the moment is Hamlet, but once she puts on a few years, she’d like to play Polonius.

We ended up talking for 15 minutes over our given time, and I could have talked for much longer — in fact, we exchanged emails over the following days so I could pass along links to BBC radio plays. She tells me to stay in touch and let her know if I become “overwhelmed with loving anything.” I find myself dwelling on these words, reminding myself to love things with my whole heart despite everything — even, perhaps, as much as a character in a rom-com might.

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‚Happiest Season‘ Viewers Wanted the Movie to End Differently, All Thanks to Aubrey Plaza

The new holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season is now streaming on Hulu and the general consensus among people who have watched the film is that they wish it ended differently.

Happiest Season follows a woman named Abby (Kristen Stewart) who accepts her girlfriend Harper’s (Mackenzie Davis) invitation to spend Christmas with her family, but moments before arriving at the family home, Harper informs Abby that she’s not out to her family and they must hide their relationship.

While Abby begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew, she meets Riley, Harper’s ex-girlfriend played by . They form a friendship during the moments when Abby is excluded from certain familial activities and everyone wishes they ended up together!

Harper does eventually come out to her family and wins back Abby’s heart.

Fans wish that Aubrey‘s character was the one who ended up with Kristen at the end of the movie and so many people are tweeting about it!

Imagine being so attractive you turn gay twitter against the protagonist

… but like, kstew should’ve ended up with aubrey plaza. right?

— fake nick ramsey @ ? (@nick_ramsey) November 28, 2020

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Mackenzie Davis Brings Kristen Stewart Home For the Holidays in ‚Happiest Season‘ Trailer

Mackenzie Davis hides behind the door to hide from her family in the new trailer for Happiest Season.

Here’s the summary for the movie: Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner — until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay — is even harder.

When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew.

Aubrey PlazaVictor GarberMary Steenbergen, Burl Moseley, and Alison Brie also star in the movie.

Happiest Season will premiere on November 25 on Hulu. Watch the trailer below!

If you missed them, check out the cute official pics from the movie here!

Kristen Stewart’s Rom-Com ‚Happiest Season‘ to Skip Theaters, Will Debut on Hulu

The upcoming Christmas rom-com Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, will be skipping theaters and going right to streaming.

The movie was supposed to be released in theaters on November 25, right in time for the holiday season, but now it’s going to be released on Hulu that same day.

Here is the movie’s synopsis: Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner – until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay – is even harder. When Abby (Stewart) learns that Harper (Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew.

The movie was directed and co-written by Veep actress Clea DuVall. Also starring in the movie are Victor GarberAlison BrieAubrey PlazaDan LevyBurl Moseley.

TriStar president Nicole Brown said in a statement, “This holiday season — more than any other — we could all use a little happiness. It was essential to Sony Pictures and to the filmmakers that Clea’s marvelous and fresh holiday-themed romantic comedy come out when the lights are on the trees. We are excited that Hulu is geared up to make this happen in the U.S. and grateful that they love the movie as much as we do.”

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Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie DavisHappiest Season and some first look photos have been released!

The movie was directed and co-written by Veep actress Clea DuVall. Here’s the synopsis: “Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner – until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay – is even harder. When Abby (Stewart) learns that Harper (Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew.”

Kristen opened up about getting to make a Christmas movie from a new perspective.

“I think I’ve wished to see a gay Christmas rom com my whole life,” Kristen told . “I’m so happy and proud of Clea for bringing this into the world.”

“I love when holiday movie makes you long for an idea of home, but also examines how hilarious and hard reality at home can be sometimes,” she added.

Also starring in the movie are Victor GarberAlison BrieAubrey PlazaDan LevyBurl Moseley, and the film’s co-writer .

What do you think about the gay rumors surrounding Mackenzie Davis?

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Is Mackenzie Davis gay?

Mackenzie is believed to be straight due to her rumoured relationship with Gus Thompson.

Mackenzie Davis gay rumours stemmed from some of the characters she has played. Some of Davis‘ most popular roles are the ones in which she played strong female characters.

Her roles in her character is a strong soldier who does everything she can, including losing her own life, to save another female character.

Also, the way her character was portrayed in the movie: a beautiful tall woman with a fantastic body, a pixie haircut, and muscles in the right places, made people think of her as gay.

Mackenzie Davis co-stars alongside Kristen Stewart in the film The movie is about a gay woman who plans to propose to her partner during her partner’s family’s Christmas party celebration, only to find out that her soon-to-be fiance hasn’t come out to her conservative family.

Kristen Stewart, who is Mackenzie Davis gay woman partner in the film, is openly bi.

Happiest Season on Hulu

Happiest Season arrives on Hulu on November 25th after its original cinema release was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The film stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Abby and Harper, a lesbian couple who are due to visit Harper’s parents for the holidays.

However, their relationship is put to the ultimate test when it becomes clear that Harper hasn’t come out to her conservative parents.

Is Mackenzie Davis gay?

While the 33-year-old Canadian actress has appeared in roles where she has played gay characters, not enough is known about Mackenzie Davis’s personal life to confirm her sexuality behind being heterosexual.

Speaking to NBC News about the release of Happiest Season, Kristen Stewart said: “Mackenzie is not somebody who identifies as a lesbian.”

As discussed further below, Mackenzie is rumoured to have been in a straight relationship.

Throughout her acting career, Mackenzie Davis has locked lips with both male and female co-stars including Miles Teller in That Awkard Moment, Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the Black Mirror episode San Junipero, Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 and now Kristen Stewart in Happiest Season.

Clea DuVall (Director and Co-writer)

Happiest Season writer-director Clea DuVall has been a part of lesbian film history for more than 20 years thanks to her role in the cult classic But I’m a Cheerleader, in which she played a gay teen forced to attend a conversion-therapy camp. She’s been candid about her coming-out journey since, while also continuing to star in and direct gay films, including her 2016 directorial debut . Now, she’s at the helm of the very first queer holiday rom-com backed by a major studio.

Mackenzie Davis (Harper)

This isn’t Mackenzie Davis’ first gay rodeo. She first melted queer hearts in Black Mirror’s instant-queer-canon tearjerker “San Junipero.” She then kicked cybernetic ass in the film my colleague Christina Cauterucci described as the “Terminator yet.” But is Davis herself a part of the LGBTQ community? Judging from a November cover story in the Advocate, it doesn’t seem like it. That said, she does seem a bit more gracious about taking on queer roles as a straight woman than people like Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett, saying that, when she was first asked to take on the part, she asked DuVall “if it felt complicated that I hadn’t had this experience” and noting that “You need to know when you’re taking up space that should go to somebody else and when you’re participating in something that you’ve been invited into and have a role to play within that space.”

Dan Levy (John)

Out gay actor, writer, director, and producer Dan Levy takes on the role of the typical rom-com gay best friend in Happiest Season and knocks it out of the park. Between his feminist rants, sharp plaid peacoat, no-nonsense advice, and adoration of middle-aged women, the Schitt’s Creek star shines. I also simply don’t believe any straight actor could deliver the line “Have they ever met a lesbian!?” as hilariously as Levy does in this film.

Mary Holland (Co-writer/Jane)

Relative newcomer Mary Holland cut her teeth in the New York improv scene before co-writing the script for Happiest Season and bringing an off-kilter wit to the role of Harper’s perpetually overlooked sister Jane, the Jan Brady to Harper’s Marcia. From Holland’s Instagram, it’s clear that she loves and supports the LGBTQ community. However, her posts make it a little bit unclear whether she considers herself a part of the community or just an extremely vocal ally. I’m still holding out hope, though!

Verdict: Inconclusive on the queerness front, but definitely on her way to becoming an icon.

Aubrey Plaza (Riley)

Since her deadpan Parks & Recreation days, Plaza’s been a favorite among the gays. In 2016, she discussed this very phenomenon, proudly declaring, “Girls are into me—that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys.” In Happiest Season, she plays the high-powered medical resident who also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Mackenzie Davis’ character. She soon bonds with Kristen Stewart’s character, because nothing is more lesbian than befriending your ex’s new boo.

Mary Steenburgen (Tipper)

Steenburgen plays Harper’s mother, Tipper, who spends her days consumed with her family’s image, obsessing over every Instagram shot. Though she’s pretty homophobic early in the film, scolding a queer character’s “lifestyle choice,” Steenburgen herself is anything but! In a 2018 interview with NewNowNext, during which she discussed her role in the delightfully campy Book Club, she said, “I have cared very deeply for a very long time about the gay community and been involved with being aware of anything that I could do to help legislatively since I was a young woman.” Though she’s not gay herself, we have no choice but to stan.

Verdict: An Academy Award winner, an icon, and an ally.

Victor Garber (Ted)

Though Garber plays the gruff, “family values”-oriented mayoral candidate in Happiest Season, the actor is openly gay. The legend of stage and screen married his longtime partner, Rainer Andreesen, in 2015.

Tegan & Sara (Soundtrack)

Lesbian musicians Tegan & Sara help the film don its gay musical apparel with their original song “Make You Mine This Season.” With lyrics like “You’re the only girl I’ve got on my list,” they bring the most explicit queerness to the holiday music catalogue I’ve heard since RuPaul’s “Hey Sis, It’s Christmas.”

BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon (Dive bar drag queens)

Speaking of RuPaul, one of the most delightful surprises of Happiest Season comes when Drag Race alums BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon perform a rousing holiday number in the small town’s wonderfully vibrant gay bar. The warmth and spirit of their performance (and the venue) made me miss my own queer watering hole so dearly.

Verdict: Was the mention of Drag Race not clear enough?

Kristen Stewart (Abby)

Our leading lady of Happiest Season went viral back in 2017 when she taunted Trump in her Saturday Night Live opening monologue and declared, “I’m, like, so gay, dude.” She’s also called herself bisexual in the past and had public relationships with men (who could forget the days of K-Stew and R-Patz?) and women (I’ve never wanted to be in a throuple more than when she was dating Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent).

Mackenzie davis gay travel

This is why you should scour through Wikipedia now and again. I found out about Attila Ambrus through looking up Újpesti TE, the ice hockey team in which he played for, and from there discovered the Whisky Bandit himself, a folk hero in Hungary and his native Transylvania. The film, while maybe not having the greatest writing I’ve seen, was a solid watch that kept me entertained throughout. Bence Szalay puts in a good performance as Ambrus, who struggles to balance both his honest and caring side with the ego-driven and kleptomaniacal one. Director Nimród Antal (along with great editing work by Zoltán Kovács) uses his unique vision to create a visually appealing and dramatic tale worthy of the status Ambrus enjoys in his native land. Nice robbery movie, set in the 90’s in Romania and Hungary, right after dictator Ceauşescu’s death. Quality made Hungarian heist movie from director Nimrod Antal, who has made many other decent action movies before. This is not a masterpiece, but certainly quite a lot better than other run of the mill heist movies out there.

Totally. It’s such a smart movie, because it is so conventional, in terms of being a romantic comedy and a holiday comedy. But just the mere fact of it being a lesbian holiday movie, it becomes political and important. Was there a sense of that as you were filming it?

Absolutely. I really do admire Clea for not being defiant, and not being reactive to the world — and doing something that is welcoming. I was so pleased to have been invited onto something that was, for lack of a better term, hiding the vegetables. Because I don’t think we’re hiding shit; it’s pretty clear what we’re saying.

At the same time, it’s just presented in a way that is very conversely different to something that feels afraid or angry. It feels forward and open. I mean, it doesn’t have to be like this overwrought thing in order to be politicized!

It feels very true, and very in the moment. I love a little bit of defiance and anger, and real passionate raw exposure. But in this case — the fact that you got on the phone and say that it was a “delight,” I’m so glad to hear that. Because that was the goal.

There are a lot of people who feel it’s important that gay actors play gay characters, after so many years of that not being the case. What’s your stance on that?

I think about this all the time. Being somebody who has had so much access to work, I’ve just lived with such a creative abundance. You know, a young white girl who was straight and only really was gay later and is, like, skinny — do you know what I’m saying? I so acknowledge that I’ve just gotten to work.

I would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience. Having said that, it’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law. I think it’s such a gray area. There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories. But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you’re allowed. I mean, if you’re telling a story about a community and they’re not welcoming to you, then f–k off. But if they are, and you’re becoming an ally and a part of it and there’s something that drove you there in the first place that makes you uniquely endowed with a perspective that might be worthwhile, there’s nothing wrong with learning about each other. And therefore helping each other tell stories. So I don’t have a sure-shot answer for that.

I will say, Mackenzie is not somebody who identifies as a lesbian. She was the only person in my mind that could have played this with me. Sometimes, artfully speaking, you’re just drawn to a certain group of people. I could defend that, but I’m sure that somebody with a different perspective could make me feel bad about that — and then make me renege on everything I’ve just said. I acknowledge the world that we live in. And I absolutely would never want to traipse on someone else’s opportunity to do that — I would feel terrible about that.

So my answer is f–king think about what you’re doing! And don’t be an asshole.