Pixar’s coming out with its first openly gay character — a lesbian police officer voiced by “Master of None” actress-writer Lena Waithe.
Unlike previous Pixar characters suspected of being LGBTQ by audiences, Waithe’s character — a purple unicorn named Officer Spector in the upcoming film “Onward” — clearly states that she’s in a lesbian relationship.
“My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out,” the female-presenting character tells her partner, a character that is voiced by comedian Ali Wong, at one point in the film, Slate reports. Despite being a headline moment, the statement is not the focus of the scene and is quite easily missed, according to those who’ve seen advance screenings.
“Onward,” set to hit theaters March 6, is an animated fantasy reuniting “Avengers: Endgame” stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as modern-day elf brothers resurrecting their dead dad’s lower torso with a magical staff, according to a trailer released in October. Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and John Ratzenberger also voice characters in the metaphysical animated comedy.
Waithe, 35, is also among new cast additions to the upcoming third season of “Westworld.” The “Queen & Slim” screenwriter reportedly broke up with longtime girlfriend Alana Mayo in January, just two months after quietly tying the knot with her at the San Francisco courthouse.
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