Mae Whitman Reflects on ‘The Owl House’ Making Queer History and It’s Impact on Her Coming Out
Mae Whitman, known for her roles in projects such as the Good Girls and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, has a recurring but major part in The Owl House, a Disney show. She gives voice to a lesbian character named Amity.
Falling on the LGBTQ spectrum herself, Whitman is proud to have portrayed such a character.
A Big Revelation
On August 16, 2021, Whitman took to Twitter to send out a few proudly worded tweets. In the posts, she revealed her gender identity and expressed her happiness at her accomplishments regarding the show.
In the first tweet, she said she was proud to have been part of a show like The Owl House. Then, coming out as pansexual herself, she reflected on her past, saying there weren’t characters like Amity and Luz (portrayed by Sarah-Nicole Robles) when she was growing up.
To end the first tweet, she emphasized the importance queer representation had in today’s world and said, “keep it up world!”
Just taking a moment to say I am SO proud to be even a small part of a show like The Owl House. Being pansexual myself, I wish I had such incredible characters like Amity and Luz in my life when I was growing up. Queer representation is sososo important :,) keep it up world! #TOH pic.twitter.com/B3C71c24aN — mae whitman (@maebirdwing) August 16, 2021
In a follow-up tweet, she put forth a definition of what she thought being a pansexual meant. “For me, it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders,” said Whitman, adding that was the word she felt fit her best.
She ended the tweet by expressing her pride in being a part of the Bi+ community. The actress also attached a link leading to GLAAD’s Accelerating Bi+ Acceptance page with her tweet.
I know ppl might be unfamiliar with what pansexual means; for me it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders. This is the word that fits me best ðŸŒˆ and I’m proud+happy to be part of the Bi+ community :,)
For more https://t.co/D2rwslVMm8 https://t.co/bnzkK88Tya — mae whitman (@maebirdwing) August 16, 2021
The Owl House was already making queer history for its inclusive characters and their appearances in leading roles. It was actually Disney’s first-ever show to have a bisexual character, Liz Noceda, as the lead.
Until this point, Disney had openly LGBTQ characters in their shows, but they were in minor roles. But Dana Terrace, the show's creator, who also happens to be bisexual, wanted to write a character like herself.
She stayed stubborn about the idea, and Disney eventually gave in and is now supportive of her. These progressive steps towards inclusivity earned the show a Peabody Award in 2021.
.@KristenBell presents The Owl House with a #PeabodyAward. #TheOwlHouse champions queer kids to be their relatable, quirky selves. Congratulations @danaterrace @disney! More: https://t.co/uHQPs5Koc9#StoriesThatMatter #PeabodyAwards pic.twitter.com/NwkbMBAABv — Peabody Awards (@PeabodyAwards) June 21, 2021
But the good moves didn’t end there. The show kept going deeper and deeper into portraying the workings and real-world experiences of the LGBTQ community.
And thus came recently, as Out Magazine put it, The Owl House's “gayest episode yet.” Episode five of Season two deeply explored Amity and Luz’s relationship.
The episode showcased their feelings towards one another and how things had changed after they came into each other’s lives.
After that, and most recently, Disney took another historic step. In July 2021, the show introduced Riane Whispers, a non-binary character.
Riane became Disney’s first non-binary character. And to top off the good news, the role was played by Avi Roque, a non-binary actor.
The Owl House is currently halfway through its 21-episode second season. And with a third season on the way, we can only be excited to see what new milestones Disney and the show achieve.