Wizards of Waverly Place may have premiered over a decade ago but showrunner Peter Murrieta recently spilled some major tea about the series.
In case you missed it, Peter revealed that Selena Gomez’s character Alex was definitely supposed to be bisexual — and acknowledged she had some major chemistry with the character Stevie.
Hayley Kiyoko, who played Stevie on the show, recently reflected on her role, admitting she didn’t realize there was a spark between the characters at the time.
“I was just like naturally very gay…I booked the role, and honestly, I had no notion or thoughts that there was some kind of like undertone or underlying storyline that was going on,” she said on the Wizards of Waverly Pod.
But upon rewatching the show as an adult, Hayley says it was pretty obvious what was up between Alex and Stevie.
“The lesbian energy was really thriving at that moment,” she said. “But I was in the closet to the public at that time.”
While she says she was “probably out to people” in her inner-circle back then, it wasn’t until 2015 that she publicly came out with the release of her song “Girls Like Girls.”
“But it’s funny to look back and it’s really so much fun to hear the fans’ reactions to Stalex and the comments of everyone just being like, ‘This is so gay,'” she said. “So, I was just a baby Hayley in the closet at that time [on the show].”
You can hear all that Hayley had to say here.