In a recent article for Vanity Fair, Kelly Marie Tran, who voices the protagonist in the upcoming Disney film “Raya and the Last Dragon” admits that there were some queer subtext to the story — at least in her mind.
In the article, Tran says that while providing the voice of Raya she imagined “some romantic feelings going on there” between the movie’s hero and rival warrior princess Namaari (voiced by Gemma Chan). “I’m obsessed with Namaari and I’m obsessed with Gemma Chan,” Tran says. “I think that if you’re a person watching this movie and you see representation in a way that feels really real and authentic to you then it is real and authentic.”
Although “Raya and the Last Dragon” is the latest Disney film to feature a protagonist not attached to a male love interest (like Elsa in the “Frozen” films or Moana in the film of the same name), it does not explicit present queer characters.
However, that has not stopped Tran, who told Vanity Fair that her view was not in keeping with Disney’s official line, from using her own imagination. “I want to live in a world where every single type of person can see themselves in a movie like this,” she says. “I’d love to see a Disney warrior who — I don’t know, can I say this without getting in trouble? I don’t care — is openly in the LGBTQ community.”