Harvey Guillén attends the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California Source: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

A Queer Disney Princess? 'Wish' Actor Harvey Guillén Says It Could Happen

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 3 MIN.

How cool would it have been if the princess from "Frozen" kept warm with a girlfriend? How fierce would a gal pal for "Moana" have been? A queer Disney princess might not be out of the question, "Wish" actor Harvey Guillén said.

"The 'What We Do in the Shadows' star... told ComicBook.com that he believes Disney is making progress with queer representation in its animated projects," Entertainment Weekly noted.

"I think they're making strides in the right direction," Guillén told Comicbook.com when he was asked about Disney's animated movies and LGBTQ+ representation.

But such progress is going to be slow, the actor cautioned.

"I think it's hard to rebuild a wheel that's already been in motion for a while, and it's hard to think of a new direction, especially in where we're at with the world," Guillén mused.

Still, the actor continued, Disney is "putting their best foot forward, I think. And sometimes those things take time and I'm optimistic. And like you said," he added to Comicbook.com, "if a queer princess comes along, that'd be fantastic."

The actor went on to say, "I think that we are in the lifespan of that potentially happening... Representation has taken so long just in film in general with every studio and every company."

Guillén mused, "And so it's taken us this far to come this far but look how far we've gotten."

Disney has come in for criticism around its habit of teasing LGBTQ+ audiences with promises of representation, but, EW noted, "Some projects feature barely noticeable queer couples in the background, including 'Finding Dory,' 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,' and 'Zootopia.'"

More recently, the MCU movies and TV shows – which Disney is also behind – have been seen as overpromising and under-delivering when it comes to representing LGBTQ+ people onscreen. The presence of a same-sex married couple on the film "Eternals" was ballyhooed, but the couple didn't play a major role in the movie; similarly, claims that "Thor: Love and Thunder" would be "so gay" and "super gay" – assertions made by star Natalie Portman and director Taika Waititi, respectively – didn't quite pan out.

On the small screen, queerbaiting around the dynamic duo of Captain America and The Winter Soldier – with the character of Bucky Barnes being teased as bisexual – prompted fans to push back when the titular buddies proved to be platonic and straight.

Even the most overt references to queer characters have ended up disappointing fans; despite the title character in the series "Loki" being specifically described as "fluid" in gender as well as bisexual, there was only one episode of the show's first season in which his status was glancingly mentioned. Meanwhile, the presence of an openly gay teen in the film "Strange World" was only passingly acknowledged and then glossed over.

But hope springs eternal and LGBTQ+ audiences keep watching. As EW noted, "some fans have recognized queer coding in numerous recent Disney heroes, including Elsa from 'Frozen,' Raya from 'Raya and the Last Dragon,' and Luca from 'Luca.'"

Indeed, Kelly Marie Tran, who voiced Raya, made headlines when she hypothesized that the film's heroine and villainess might have a romantic history, while "Luca," it has been reported, was originally intended to be a gay romance.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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