Anna Paquin Teaches Larry King A Thing Or Two About Bisexuality During Awkward Interview


Anna Paquin has been open about her bisexuality for years now, so it is no surprise that Larry King might ask about her sexuality and marriage to True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer. Still, King's line of questioning verged straight from a discussion of vampire Bill's multiple partners on the bloody, sexy HBO drama to a couple of painfully awkward questions about Paquin's own sexual interests. The endearing star came out of the interview all the better for her honest and articulate responses, but one cannot help but cringe a little.

Here's a short excerpt:

King: Are you a non-practicing bisexual?

Paquin: Well, I mean, I am married to my husband and we are happily, monogamously married, so…

King: But you were bisexual?

Paquin: I don't think it's a past-tense thing. Are you still straight if you're with somebody? If you were to break up with them or they were to die it doesn't prevent your sexuality from existing.

King: That's wishful thinking, okay? (laughs)

Paquin: I'm just saying it doesn't really work like that.

You can watch the full interview from Larry King Now on Hulu.


  1. bambinoitaliano says

    What’s Larry obsession with Bisexual? If he really want to understand it. He should do some research on it. Instead of asking stupid question from different people who only have like minutes on air time.

  2. says

    It’s similar to what we have to explain to parents of kids who identify as Bi in support group situations: Bi is not “straight and gay” – it’s its own unique orientation, and within it there will be preferences.
    Often a parent will “hold out hope” that their bisexual child will “choose a straight life” of sorts – and we always explain that even if they do take on an opposite-sex partner, it will not mean that they’re no longer bisexual – the orientation remains, and it always will.

    Paquin articulates it very well. it’s not a past-tense thing.

  3. atomic says

    Here is a simple example for Larry King. Suppose you are a guy who is attracted to a variety of women from different ethnic groups. One day, you meet a lovely Persian woman and you settle down and get married. Does that automatically mean you are now no longer capable of finding non-Persians attractive, or that the only ethnic group that is attractive to you is Persian?

  4. crispy says

    Good grief, this happened more than a week ago. Andy even posted it on Towleroad last week.

    Between the terrible new writers and the comment trolls, this site is becoming unreadable.

  5. says

    I wish persons of note would stop granting Larry King interviews because it only perpetuates the notion that he is still relevant.

  6. pablo says

    It’s not even a difficult thing to grasp. There is a difference between a status and an action.

    Paquin isn’t acting in her interview, does that suddenly mean she isn’t an actress anymore?

    Honestly, how do such ignorant morons become so successful?

  7. Tyler says

    Crispy is totally right. If you can’t even be up to date on current events, then what does this site really offer? The comments are a mess, the stories are poorly written and old news and things seem to be getting worse.

  8. Dazzer says

    Tigerman, although I don’t post often, I’ve been reading this site and its comments section for years.

    And I, for one, would miss Crispy if he or she left.

    And Crispy, while agree with you about the comment trolls, the standard of writing/reporting on the site is probably just going through one of those seasonal ups and downs that affect all sites from time to time.

    So please don’t go, Crispy. Even if I don’t always agree with you, you usually cogent, entertaining and or fascinating comments.

  9. says

    Good lord, Larry – it’s not that hard to understand. Anna is attracted to both men and women. Since she’s in a monogamous marriage with a man, she’s not currently sleeping with women. However, her attraction to women has not gone away – Anna is just not acting on it aside from checking out other women on occasion.

  10. GregV says

    Larry has had seven failed marriages and is trying for #8, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that he’s not good with understanding how relationships and sexuality work. (I actually had thought he was once married to a gay person — Billie Jean King — but only just realized that was a different Larry King.)
    His question would be the equivalent of an interviewer of Larry suggesting after one of his divorces, “you were straight last month, but since you’re divorced, you’re not straight any more.”
    How can people still find it confusing that orientation is fixed?