Lionsgate
Bronwyn Isaac
August 22, 2016 2:49 pm

A normal picture says a thousand words. However, a selfie of Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall not only says a thousand words, it launches a thousand glorious emotional flashbacks to the cult-classic But I’m A Cheerleader and the steamy and angst-ridden romance between the two women in the film.

While many Instagram users might merely see the selfie as a nice picture of two successful actresses who’ve remained friends nearly 20 years since their breakout roles as campy and lovable LGBTQ heroines, I can’t help but see them as grown versions of Megan and Graham — slightly happier but still clinging to each other as refuge from the world’s barrage of religiously motivated bigots and parents who just don’t understand.

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While they might not be IRL teen lovers, the two actresses have kept a spirit of friendship and collaborating over the years, and this past winter went to Sundance for the premiere of Intervention, where the friends publicly kissed and reunited their love.

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Considering how well the women are doing in their respective careers, with Natasha Lyonne killing the game as the quick-witted Nicky in Orange is the New Black, and Clea Duvall being able to frame her own narrative as a gay woman in her role in Intervention, it’s even more fun to imagine the alternate reality where Megan and Graham formed a power couple that turned Hollywood on its head.

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In this “What if?” fantasy, they would have inevitably transformed multiple houses into lavish smoking dens where they would lounge and write songs and screenplays while co-conspiring to stylishly dismantle homophobia and patriarchy.

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While we sadly don’t live in that alternate world of But I’m a Cheerleader fan fiction, we at least live in a reality where the actresses are still killing the acting game and taking selfies to document their friendship and induce emotionally intense flashbacks. We are *SO* here for that.

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