The Hunger Games ' Jena Malone Reflects on "Beautiful" Journey in Coming Out as Pansexual

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The Hunger Games ' Jena Malone Reflects on "Beautiful" Journey in Coming Out as Pansexual

Jena Malone is getting candid about her "sexual journey."

The Hunger Games alum recently came out as pansexual, writing in an Instagram post, "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. "

"So I've been learning a new way to tell it," she continued. "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."

Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 37-year-old shared that it "felt so nice" to be open about her sexuality. "I've been thinking about it for a while," she explained. "The sexual journey is so beautiful. I mean, all of the identity journeys are so cool."

And though she admittedly feels "a little bit late to the game in being able to have less shame," Jena has "been loving the process of learning more about myself and others through different terms that open windows, those windows then turns into doors and then I arrive at a place to find all this cool stuff out there."

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She added, "It's a part of humanity now to have all these ceremonies of exclamation around coming out and renouncing [an identity] and celebrating that space for yourself. It's a really sweet, human experience. I love getting to learn more about myself no matter the age or my experience."

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According to Jena, her family has been "really supportive" in her journey. After all, the actress noted, "my sister is queer and I grew up with two moms who were lovers and then they split."

"It's all exciting and wonderful and perfectly great," said Jena, who shares 5-year-old son Ode with ex Ethan DeLorenzo. "It's nice to be able to have these different types of conversations with everyone. I feel really blessed to have an accepting family."

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