The openly queer actress has revealed how important to her it is to play a bisexual character.
In an interview with Autostraddle, Abby’s star Natalie Morales has opened up about how important it is to her to be playing a bisexual lead character.
“It’s so important to tell stories about marginalised people, but if we tell stories that reduce them always and only to the ways they’re marginalised, it just perpetuates the problem,” she said.
Explaining her character, she said: “Abby is a bisexual woman whose friends love her, whose life is pretty normal. She dates women and men because that’s who she is, and doing so doesn’t cause her any shame or put her in any peril.
“She’s not going to, you know, get killed off her own show any time soon,” she added, referencing the Bury Your Gays trope.
Morales also added: “Sometimes a person’s sexuality is at the forefront of their life. Sometimes it’s just one of the many, many things about them—and those can be different things at different times.
“Abby is Cuban; she’s a veteran; she’s a good friend. I’m glad she’s bisexual and I’m glad she’s also well-rounded.”
And speaking about the struggles that some people in the LGBTQ community face, she said: “For so many people, and I think this is especially true in the LGBTQ+ community, where many of us didn’t have support from our families, and we had to go out and find our own families—and even for people who did have that support, our close friends, the people we choose to be around every day, they do become our family.
“It’s just really relatable to see that on-screen.”
In a previous interview, Natalie Morales opened up about coming out, saying: “I was a supporter of LGBTQ rights and I’ve always been an advocate for it, and it started to feel a little bit disingenous to be a supporter and not openly say that I was a part of that group.
“I just thought that it’s nobody’s business who I date, but then I realised that if you have any visibility, normalising this is important. When I was a kid, I went through such a hard time thinking exactly that, that’s something really wrong with me.
“If someone said, ‘I’m queer, I’m bi, I’m gay,’ it would’ve made it easier for me to not feel as alone.”