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Arrested Development star casually comes out as bisexual

'I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, “Are you attracted to boys or girls?” I said I don't know'

Arrested Development star casually comes out as bisexual
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Alia Shawkat at SXSW 2016

One of the stars of Arrested Development has come out as bisexual.

Alia Shawkat stars as quietly sarcastic Maeby Fünke in the Fox/Netflix series.

Now the California native quietly came out as bisexual in an interview with Out Magazine.

‘I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, “Are you attracted to boys or girls?”,’ she said.

‘I said I don’t know. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.’

Shawkat also revealed she will play half of a lesbian couple later this year, in a movie called Duck Butter which she co-wrote.

The couple, she said, was initially intended to be opposite-sex.

‘But we couldn’t find the right guy, so now it happens to star two women [as lovers],’ she told Out.

‘I used to be less outspoken. But as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet.’

On Monday (15 May), Shawkat spoke out about mental health at a screening of Paint it Black.

In the film, Shawkat plays Josie, a young woman looking for understanding and comfort after her boyfriend Michael commits suicide.

‘I have had some experiences in my life where something similar like that happened — never someone as close to me as my boyfriend, but yeah,’ she said.

‘Mental health in general, once it is in a film, you realize that it’s not brought up a lot at all. It’s a very delicate thing and in real life, it’s something that’s avoided.

‘People don’t know how to do it because you can’t see it. Someone says you have cancer, they’re like, “Okay, we’ll go get you fixed.” But it’s the same with mental illness.

‘I’m proud to be a part of a film that’s talking about it.


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