‘Arrested Development’ Star Comes Out as Bisexual After New Season of Hit Series is Revealed

‘Arrested Development’ Star Comes Out as Bisexual After New Season of Hit Series is Revealed

Alia Shawkat grew up on television as the no-nonsense, super-sarcastic character Maeby Fünke on Arrested Development, and the star, who is returning for another season of the show on Netflix, talks quite candidly in a new interview about her life off screen. Talking with Out, she casually revealed that she is bisexual, and her life as a tomboy.
“I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, “Are you attracted to boys or girls?” she said. “I said I don’t know. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor,” she added.

“I used to be less outspoken. But as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet,” she told the mag.

Shawkat is also playing a lesbian in an upcoming film in which she cowrote titled Duck Butter. The film was originally set to center around a straight couple, but Shawkat wasn’t feeling some of the actors who auditioned. “But we couldn’t find the right guy, so now it happens to star two women [as lovers]” she said.

The famously eccentric Bluth family from Arrested Development is set to return to Netflix next year.

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