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Raya and the Last Dragon star says Disney Princess has 'romantic feelings' for enemy

"I think it might get me in trouble for saying that" says Kelly Marie Tran.

2021-03-09

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Wiki/Disney

Raya and the Last Dragon star Kelly Marie Tran has suggested Disney's latest Princess is gay.

We're sure Frozen's Elsa, who's still in the glass closet last time we checked, will be pleased to hear that!

Actress Tran, who voices the warrior princess in the newly-released film, offered the take in a recent interview with Vanity Fair.

"I’m really excited you brought this up"

The subject came up when Tran discussed the relationship between Raya and another female character, the villain Namaari, voiced by Gemma Chan.

She told the interviewer: "I’m obsessed with Namaari and I’m obsessed with Gemma Chan. So I’m really excited you brought this up."

Saying she played their scenes together with "some romantic feelings going on there", Tran then conceded Raya's being non-heterosexual wasn't the official Disney line.

However, she added: “I think if you’re a person watching this movie and you see representation in a way that feels really real and authentic to you, then it is real and authentic.

"I think it might get me in trouble for saying that, but whatever."

Raya and the Last Dragon has scored a 96% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

According to Disney's official synopsis, the film's heroine "travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity.

"Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people."

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