Disney’s ‘The Owl House’ Star Mae Whitman ‘Proud and Happy’ to Come Out as Pansexual

Mae Whitman participates in the "Good Girls" panel during the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in PAsadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
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Actress Mae Whitman, joining the growing sexual identity announcement trend among Hollywood celebrities, is “proud and happy” to come out as pansexual, meaning Whitman is romantically attracted to anyone, regardless of whether they are a man, a woman, a man who identifies as a woman, or a woman who identifies as a man.

Whitman is known for her roles on the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Arrested Development, NBC’s Parenthood and most recently NBC’s Good Girls.

Mae Whitman (voice of “Tinker Bell”) attends TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST special screening at The Walt Disney Studios on February 28, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

She praised the Disney Channel’s animated series The Owl House — in which she voices one of the show’s characters — for its LGBTQ+ representation. “Just taking a moment to say I am SO proud to be even a small part of a show like The Owl House,” Whitman wrote. “Being pansexual myself, I wish I had such incredible characters like Amity and Luz in my life when I was growing up.”

“Queer representation is [so so so] important — keep it up world!”

In a follow-up tweet, the actress shared a link to an explainer about pansexuality for those who might be confused.

Whitman is the latest star to publicly declare herself a pansexual — a trend that is sweeping the entertainment industry.

Actors Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks and Retta attend the NBC mid-season press junket at The Four Seasons in New York on January 24, 2019. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Other celebrities include actress-singers Demi Lovato and JoJo Siwa, models Cara Delevingne and Lottie Moss, and Crazy, Stupid, Love star Analeigh Tipton.

Another celebrity trend is Hollywood celebs changing their pronouns. After coming out as pansexual earlier this year, Lovato added that she is now nonbinary and would be going by using they/them pronouns.

In this screengrab, Demi Lovato performs during the Celebrating America Primetime Special on January 20, 2021. The livestream event hosted by Tom Hanks features remarks by president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris and performances representing diverse American talent. (Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images )

Although, the pop star apparently ran into some trouble in July, admitting that she sometimes forgets which pronouns she has decided to use.

Tipton also says that she now goes by the pronouns, “they/them.”

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