Hunger Games actress Jena Malone comes out: talks pansexuality, sapiosexuality and polyamory

Jena Malone at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premier in London
Jena Malone at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premier in London (PA news agency)

Actress Jena Malone, known her work in movies like the Hunger Games series, has come out as pansexual.


Malone shared the update in a recent Instagram post featuring a dance video and the caption, “I guess It felt like I was a heterosexual man in a woman’s body. I visualized his desires and placed them on to me.”


“But this , was never the whole of the story that was meant for me”, the actress continued.

“So I’ve been learning a new way to tell it. Using words to guide me not define me. That my sexual identity has more to teach and to tell me. Finding words that feel more right to explore in my telling.”

“Pansexuality. Sapiosexuality. Polyamory. A fuller spectrum of understanding that my story is demanding of me. And I’m honoring it today with this soft and sleepy little stretch of a dance. I love humans. So there’s that.”


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Malone closes out the post by adding: “I was going to post this on pansexual awareness day but I’m a mom and I’m always a few months late for everything”


Later speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Malone shared more details:

“The sexual journey is so beautiful. I mean, all of the identity journeys are so cool,” she said. “I feel like I’m a little bit late to the game in being able to have less shame.”


Going on to say: “I’ve 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.”


Discussing the coming out process, she said: “It’s a really sweet, human experience. I love getting to learn more about myself no matter the age or my experience.”


“I have a really supportive family and they’ve been that way for whatever, however or whoever I am or what I bring to the table. It’s all exciting and wonderful and perfectly great. But yeah, my sister is queer and I grew up with two moms who were lovers and then they split. My mom sort of became hetero again, mostly through an understanding of Christianity.”


Jena Malone attends the Los Angeles premiere of “Adopting Audrey” at Brain Dead Studios LA on August 22, 2022 in Los Angeles. GETTY/ Hollywood Reporter grab


“And then my god mom married her partner of 17 years now. So, I have three moms and my dad who has been a hetero man all his life. I have the whole spectrum. It’s nice to be able to have these different types of conversations with everyone. I feel really blessed to have an accepting family.”


Malone made her big-screen debut in 1996’s Bastard Out of Carolina, playing a young girl suffering abuse from her stepfather. She also starred in Saved! (2004), The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Into the Wild (2007), and the Hunger Games instalments Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part 1, and Mockingjay, Part 2. 


She currently stars in new movie ‘Adopting Audrey’, out this Friday (August 26) in selected theaters and on Amazon Prime Video and Apple.



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