The Star Wars universe now has an openly gay couple on screen, although it involves characters in a children’s animated series instead of the iconic live-action films.
Star Wars Resistance executive producer and director Justin Ridge told media members last week that alien characters Orka and Flix are a gay couple – thus confirming a fan theory from Season 1 when the two characters traveled together to visit Flix’s mother.
The Emmy-nominated Star Wars Resistance airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD. Season 2 debuted this month. It features CGI animation and is rated TV-Y7.
“I think it’s safe to say they’re an item,” Ridge said, as first reported by the Coffee with Kenobi podcast. “They’re absolutely a gay couple and we’re proud of that.”
Actor Bobby Moynihan, who voices Orka, said he knew his character was gay throughout Season 1.
“Oh, I’m so happy we’re allowed to say it,” Moynihan said. “I have had a sentence prepared for a year-and-a-half if someone would finally ask me.
“I would say, ‘All I can say is when Flix says, ‘I love you,’ Orca says, ‘I know.’”
The line is a reference to a conversation between Han Solo and Princess Leia in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.
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