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Anna Paquin is married to True Blood costar Stephen Moyer and expecting her first baby this fall, but she hasn't stopped identifying as bisexual. In an interview with Zooey magazine, Paquin, 29, says that her attraction to both genders is still a part of who she is.
"I'm sure for some people saying they're bisexual feels less scary than making a statement that they're gay," acknowledges Paquin, who declared her sexuality in a 2010 PSA.
"For me, it's not really an issue because I'm someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing," she continues. "It's not made up. It's not a lack of decision. It's not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I've heard at this point. For a bisexual, it's not about gender. That's not the deciding factor for who they're attracted to."
Bisexuality is always a hot topic in Hollywood, and the True Blood actress isn't the only star to experience backlash for embracing the label. Cynthia Nixon, who is in a long-term relationship with a woman following her marriage to a man, came under fire earlier this year for describing her sexuality as a "choice." And while plenty of stars have declared their attraction to men and women, it's often seen as a publicity stunt or a way to make themselves seem edgy.
"I guess I could lie about it to seem more exciting," Mariah Carey scoffed when asked if she was bisexual in 2010.
For Paquin, bisexuality is just a way to see the world ("a really minor biographical detail"), and being married to a man doesn't change a thing. But even after dealing with criticism and skepticism, she doesn't regret coming out for the cause of ending anti-gay bullying.
"If you're going to talk about some cause in a way that's meaningful, says Paquin, "you should identify why it means something to you."