Raven-Symoné, the former child star who came out as a lesbian in 2013, has just revealed why she was initially scared to play one on-screen. Raven-Symoné played a lesbian bully named Mary in the 2015 film “A Girl Like Grace.”
The topic came up during a chat on social media with Garcelle Beauvais, who co-starred in the film, according to BET. Raven admitted that she had some reservations about portraying LGBTQ+ sexuality in a movie.
“I was scared. I was scared for my mom to see it. I was scared for my mom to see me kiss a girl on screen,” she said. “That was a lot of mixed emotions that I’m still ironing out. Nothing wrong with it, it’s just when I watch it, I see the clip where I’m shaking and it’s like my legs spread open. I’m like ‘Oh My gosh!'”
But that’s apparently the furthest that she’ll ever go for a movie role: “That’s all [that] you’ll ever see of my body, ever,” she said.
The former “Cosby Show” actress also opened up about how difficult it was for her to come to terms with her sexuality in general.
“It’s hard though,” she said. “I remember my mom used to be like he’s so sexy, and I’m like, but she’s sexy too. Why don’t you say that? Why am I the only one thinking that she’s sexy too? But, you’re only talking about him. Is something wrong with me?”
Raven-Symoné first addressed the rumors about her sexuality in 2012, when she wrote on Twitter that her sexual orientation was private information, as was her romantic partner. “I’m not one for a public display of my life,” she said at the time.
But just one year later, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. Raven-Symoné took the opportunity to self-identify herself as a gay woman, writing, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you,” on Twitter.
In a 2019 interview with Variety, she explained why it’s now so important for her to be out and proud, serving as an example to other young gay people. “The LGBTQ community wants to be represented on a medium that they watch as much as everybody else,” she said.