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Ciara Pitts

The badass, alluring adventure that is Atomic Blonde will hit theaters in less than a week. Charlize Theron is leading the film with her character Lorraine Broughton, an unapologetic MI6 agent with a cold exterior. But breaking bones and taking names isn't the only action Lorraine is getting — she has a sexy encounter with a woman, Delphine, played by Sofia Boutella.

During Theron's very own panel at , the actress addressed the importance of her sex scene with Boutella. The encounter is not only provacative, but it also ties into Lorraine's narrative and dynamic as a character.

The Only Time Lorraine Struggles With Vulnerability Is With Delphine

The steamy hook-up wasn't included in the movie to draw attention or to be sexual for the sake of it. Lorraine is aloof and doesn't connect well with others, but with Delphine, she is comfortable enough to let her guard down. Theron comments:

"This movie is furthered more than if she'd had a relationship with a man. The one time she struggles with humanity and vulnerability is in that scene, so... I'm happy that it's not with a man. I'm happy there's not one place in this movie that it's because of a man that she has to deal with her brokenness. We're trying to break rules here. I love me a lovemaking scene with a man. I love it in my real life. So I've got nothing against that. But I think it was good for this movie."

It's remarkable that Lorraine's lesbian romance is integral to the film's direction, which gives us an in-depth look at what makes her tick.

Reflecting The LGBTQ Community In Film

Creating a movie with a bisexual lead — as well as giving her a female love interest — is an important step in mainstream cinema. Theron is more than pleased that it was included in Atomic:

"I like that people appreciate it. Even though we wanted to make provocative choices for this film and have it live and breathe... we really tried to take this genre and turn it on its head. Putting this movie aside, I just feel that this [LGBTQ] community is not represented the way that it should be in film. Actors are always talking about reflecting society in media, but if we're gonna do that, we should really do that. I could have hooked up with a guy, but it's great that I hooked up with a girl. I'm proud of that."

It's important that Theron is outspoken on visibility in film and wants to see more of it. Representation matters, and Atomic has a chance to be groundbreaking in that respect.

Queer women everywhere are thrilled for Atomic Blonde, and for good reason: A bisexual protagonist will be three-dimensional, treated with respect and the team behind the project truly cares. Lorraine is fearless and empowering — just like the actress who plays her — and it will be exciting to witness that on-screen.

Atomic Blonde will be released in theaters on July 28. What are you most looking forward to see in Theron's action flick? Let us know in the comments below!


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