Sarah-Nicole Robles is part of Disney history…
The Disney Channel’s animated series The Owl House has made history by featuring Disney’s first bisexual lead character, voiced by the 19-year-old Latina voice actress, actress, and singer.
Luz Noceda, the show’s 14-year-old Dominican-American protagonist, is a normal teen who goes on a journey to another world to become a witch. Luz has shown she’s attracted to male characters in the show, and in the two most recent episodes, “Enchanting Grom Fright” and “Wing It Like Witches,” a relationship between Luz and the recurring female character Amity is explored. It’s revealed that Amity had intentions to ask Luz to Grom, their world’s version of Prom, and the two share a dance together.
The Owl House creator Dana Terrace spoke about her series on Twitter, confirming Robles’ character’s sexuality.
Terrace, who is also bisexual, said she intended to reflect her own personal experiences in the animated series and was very open during the development process about featuring lead characters who are queer.
“I’m a horrible liar so sneaking it in would’ve been hard,” she tweeted. “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.”
But even despite some Disney figures’ hesitation, The Owl House went on to feature a queer character as its lead.
While Terrace also shared that she doesn’t, and will never, fully align with Disney as a company, she thanks the executives behind-the-scenes who allowed for the network’s milestone moment.
In addition ro Robles as the titular character, The Owl House also features Wendie Malick, Alex Hirsch, Tati Gabrielle, Issac Ryan Brown and Mae Whitman.
The series, produced by Disney Television Animation, premiered on Disney Channel in January.