Joshua Rush, who plays Cyrus in the Disney Channel series, “Andi Mack” just became the first-ever Disney Channel character to say the words “I’m gay”. His role as Cyrus is also the first representation of an openly gay character on Disney Channel.
Rush recently has an interview with Good Morning America where he talked about his portrayal as Cyrus and this milestone in Disney history.
He said, “Taking on the role of Cyrus has been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. Being Jewish, being 14, going to middle school, having this small, close-knit group of friends, and being gay are all just parts of his personality.”
GMA also asked him about the public reaction to his character coming out on the show to which he affirmed it is “overwhelmingly positive”. He added, “Over the last few days I’ve really gotten to see the myriad of ways that both this new coming-out scene for Cyrus and this Jewish representation of his family, has affected the fans.”
In the scene that aired last Friday, Cyrus is joined by close friends at his late grandmother’s shiva (the first week of mourning observed by those of the Jewish faith). Cyrus chooses this as the right time for him to come out to his best friend, Jonah.
Here is the full scene:
Cyrus previously came out to his two close friends last year but has never actually uttered the words “I’m gay” until now.
“Andi Mack” airs Friday nights on Disney Channel at 8/7c.
Source: Good Morning America.
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