The Rugrats CGI reboot will feature an openly gay character that producers hope will be a ‘beacon for young queer people’.
The revival, which comes 30 years after the original cartoon premiered, will have Phil and Lil’s mum, Betty DeVille, identify as lesbian.
Natalie Morales, from Parks and Recreation, will be voicing the character and has joked that fans of the original series ‘may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia’ already.
The actress, who revealed she was queer in 2017, told the ABV Club: “Betty is a single mom with her own business, who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community.
“And I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.
“And yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid. if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”
The publication also reports that the twin’s mum will joke about ex-girlfriends, run her own café and love football.
Originally, the character was voiced by Kath Soucie from 1991 until the show’s end in 2004.
The Rugrats reboot will premiere on Paramount+ on May 27.
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