Actress Mae Whitman, best. known for her roles in Good Girls, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The DUFF, has come out as pansexual.
Pansexuality is the sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction towards people regardless of sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as "gender-blind", maintaining that gender and sex are not determining factors when it comes to romantic or sexual attraction.
Whitman opened up about her sexuality on social media while discussing her appearance in the new Disney Channel animated series The Owl House.
The thirty-three-year-old wrote: "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.
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 mys… https://t.co/EE4DV9UQcn— mae whitman (@mae whitman) 1629143185.0
"Queer representation is so so so important... keep it up world! #TOH."
The Arrested Development actor went on to explain how she defines her pansexuality: "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 and I'm proud + happy to be part of the Bi+ community."
Back in 2014, Whitman hinted at her sexuality when she was asked about her "type" in an interview with Glamour.
"It's constantly changing. I just like people. I like everyone," she explained. "I see so much wonderful potential in everyone that I meet, and there's always something to learn from. I think girls are attractive, I think boys are attractive, I think old people are attractive, I think young people are - I appreciate everything and everyone."
She added: "I definitely have times where I'm attracted to girls, or I'm attracted to who I'm attracted to, and that should be the way that it is."
Whitman currently voices Amity Blight on The Owl House which was created by Dana Terrace for Disney Channel. It has made history by portraying Disney's first bisexual lead character in 14-year-old Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles).
"In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I'm a horrible liar so sneaking it in would've been hard," Dana tweeted, per Variety. "When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel."
However, due to Dana's own bisexuality herself, she said, "I want to write a bi character, dammit!" The executive producer added, "Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership."
So even though Good Girls hasn't been renewed for a 5th season, she luckily now has The Owl House to be grateful for.