She’s More Than an Iranian Bisexual

Journalist Hadley Freeman writes a funny and personal story about hanging out with filmmaker Desiree Akhavan in Los Angeles, and asking her very explicit questions about her life, and her sexuality. Throughout the recent press tour for her movie “Appropriate Behavior,” she was known in the Sundance Film Festival circuit as the “Iranian bisexual.” But, she assures she is more than her nationality and her sexuality

She really does care about how sex is depicted and want to be honest in that arena, and she b2b55e87-5e9d-4132-b3ae-fde8972ecaf9-620x372says, edgy and explicit directors Andrea Arnold and Catherine Breillat are her inspirations.

She says, “That’s why I take my top off in the sex scene because that is absolutely what the character would have done. But now I’m worried people are watching and going: ‘Oh my God, it’s the director’s tits!’”

“Appropriate Behaviour” is partly inspired by her breakup with her girlfriend, but it’s not autobiographical. For example her parents took her coming out very differently than in the movie, and they didn’t talk for a long time.

But now, she says her parents have accepted her sexuality: “It took about a year but my father made the choice to fully embrace me and this public persona I have of being gay. I think we talk about things more openly because of my work.”

Some of the press have summer her up as  “An Iranian bisexual Lena Dunham!”  (which she is pictured with above in a scene from Girls.)

CLICK HERE for the full interview in The Guardian.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]