Raven-Symoné said she “didn’t feel comfortable” with her character being gay in “Raven’s Home.”
He said in an interview with Them that Disney wanted Raven Baxter to be queer in the reboot.
Raven-Symoné said she wanted to separate her personal identity from Raven Baxter.
Raven-Symoné said she told Disney producers she didn’t want her character to come out as gay in the “That’s So Raven” reboot, “Raven’s Home.”
In 2017, Raven-Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol reprized their roles as Raven Baxter and Chelsea Daniels in a new Disney Channel show. The spinoff, which premiered around 10 years after the end of the first series, followed the best friends after they grew up and had their own children.
During a video interview for Them, posted on YouTube last week, Raven-Symoné said she didn’t think it was sufficient reason for Raven to be gay in the reboot just because the actor had come out as gay.
“I think Disney wanted to be queer in the beginning, and I just didn’t feel comfortable doing that,” she said. “They were like, ‘Do you want Raven to be gay? I said, “Why?” [and they said,] ‘Because you are.’ I said, “Bad, bad word. That’s a bad reason.”
Raven-Symoné continued: “No, Raven Baxter has never presented any kind of gender identity situation in the past. I’m not myself on this show, I’m a character. Raven Baxter is not gay. Whatever the first four The times were like, me and Chelsea sleeping in the same room and making a family together. Okay, it’s not like that. We’re friends. Who sleeps in the same room.”
Raven-Symoné also said she didn’t think Raven should be dating anyone in the spinoff.
“It’s so funny because we’re working on season six now and I’m talking to the EPs and they’re like, ‘And you’re going to start dating?'” she said. I say, “She doesn’t need to date either. It’ll just be nothing.”
It’s not the first time the Disney star has spoken out about not wanting her crow to be gay.
Last year, she told the “Pride” podcast that she was “proud to play” Raven Baxter, even though the character is straight.
“The reason I said no wasn’t because I wasn’t proud of who I was or didn’t want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way,” Raven-Symoné said. “It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter and there was no reason to change the person she was to match the actress who played her.”
He added: “She was divorced though and I had no qualms about saying no boyfriend.”
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