'The Owl House' Star Wendie Malick Calls Disney’s First Bisexual TV Character a “Big Step”

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“It’s kind of really embracing the reality on the ground and helping kids have a place where they can come and have someone who they can relate to," the actress says.

Wendie Malick did not know ahead of time that a character on her Disney show The Owl House was bisexual, but she is happy about the development.

Malick was a guest Tuesday on SiriusXM’s The Michelle Collins Show where she talked about learning lead character Luz Noceda, voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles, would come out as bisexual, a first for Disney on television. Disney's Pixar Studios previously introduced its first gay character in the short film Out.

“I found out from reading the script that they sent me and I thought ‘well that’s interesting,’” Malick told Collins. “It’s a very diverse group behind this cartoon and I can’t say that I was surprised. Although you know this is a big move for Disney.”

She added, “It’s kind of really embracing the reality on the ground and helping kids have a place where they can come and have someone who they can relate to. This whole cartoon, which I love, is about misfits. People who don’t fit in and don’t conform to the norm.”

The cartoon series follows a 14-year-old Dominican-American Luz Noceda on her journey to become a witch, even though she lacks magical abilities. Malick plays Edalyn "Eda" Clawthorne, a powerful witch.

Series creator Dana Terrace previously said Disney, at first, did not like the idea of a bisexual character.

“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,” Terrace wrote on Twitter Aug. 9. “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.”

She followed up with, “I'm bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership. (Thank you @NashRiskin and team!) Not to mention the amazingness of this crew.”

GLAAD applauded the move, saying on social media, “We're excited about the LGBTQ-inclusive storytelling in Disney Channel's new animated series #TheOwlHouse, which is portraying an inclusive, fair, accurate, and age-appropriate world through the representation of its characters.”