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Queer-Themed Romeo and Juliet with Troian Bellisario Will Make You Love Shakespeare Even More

Queer-Themed Romeo and Juliet Starring Troian Bellisario Will Make You Love Shakespeare Even More

Queer-Themed Romeo and Juliet Starring Troian Bellisario Will Make You Love Shakespeare Even More

The Pretty Little Liars star plays one of two Juliets in the short film Still a Rose, which features same and opposite gender couples, and is now available on iTunes and Vimeo. 

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Last year The Bard’s oft-retold love tragedy Romeo and Juliet received a well-deserved queer reimagining in the short film Still a Rose from Hazart .  After making last summer’s LGBT film festival rounds, the film, starring Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario, is now available on iTunes and Vimeo for $2.99. 

In Still a Rose, Troian stars as one Juliet in the famous balcony scene, while Will Branske portrays the film's other Juliet. Meanwhile, Tinuke Oyefule and Brandon Crowder play the two Romeos, making for a series of same and opposite sex pairings that upend gender and sexuality.

Last year we spoke with Troian, whose passion for Shakespeare and equality know no bounds.

“To me, making it a woman and a woman or making it a man and a man within a very wealthy family that brought back that there are a lot of places where that would be hidden,” Troian told us about interchanging gender and sexuality in the film. “The danger became immediately real again. Suddenly you look at these two lovers and you say, ‘I know this story. I love this story.’ And it suddenly doesn’t seem fair that just because they’re now a same-sex couple…”

(RELATED: Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario Plays a Queer, Modern Juliet for the Ages) 

The excellent tagline for the film, from Hazart, is “The greatest love story ever told reimagined through the lens of equal love.”

If Hazart sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same film duo that brought us Troian and her Pretty Little Liars' costar Shay Mitchell rolling around in bed sheets with tousled hair in Immediately Afterlife. That was not a queer-themed short per se, but there’s probably room for that sort of interpretation. Still, Troian did appear in Head and the Heart’s video for “Another Story,”which depicts tragic love between two young women in the oppressive environment of the ‘50s/early /60s.

 Watch the trailer here for Still a Rose below: 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.