‘Deadpool 2’ Star And Makers About Featuring A LGBTQ Couple In The Movie

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The organization working to promote equality backed Deadpool 2 with its approval,
and the GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis appreciated the 20th Century
Fox for providing “countless moviegoers around the world what they’ve longed to see
— LGBTQ superheroes in a relationship who protect the world together.”

“Negasonic and Yukio’s storyline is a milestone in a genre that too often renders
LGBTQ people invisible,” Ellis said, “and should send a message to other studios to
follow this example of inclusive and smart storytelling.”

“It’s awesome, it’s super awesome,” Hildebrand told Too Fab regarding GLAAD’s
praise of the pairing.

“My dad’s been sending me links like all morning, he’s super stoked about it,” the 21-
year-old actress said. “It feels really good, as a member of the LGBTQ community
myself, it feels awesome to be paving that path.”

Hildebrand expressed hope that “these things become more normalized in all
genres,”

She added: “When I was younger, I was never really a big fan of superheroes or
anything, but going to conventions I realized how important they are to people and
how empowering they can be and I think it’s really important to be able to see a
version of yourself or someone you can relate to on the screen, being invincible. I
hope some kids around the world can see that they can do what they want and see
themselves while doing it.”

Ryan Reynolds who plays the Merc with the mouth and also happens to be a
producer and co-writer of Deadpool 2, was the one who shared the idea with
Hildebrand in an email and asked “if it would be OK and I was totally onboard,”
Hildebrand said.

“I know that when Ryan messaged me about it, the only thing I requested is that it
not be made a big deal, and so I think that’s part of what makes it so special, it’s just
mentioned, and it is what it is,” Hildebrand explained. “I hope that fans can
appreciate that about it.”

Regarding the LGBTQ audiences contributing to the huge, record-shattering success
of Deadpool 2, Hildebrand said, “I hope that I do them a justice.”

Deadpool 2’s director David Leitch echoed her sentiments and told Yahoo that the
romance “[wasn’t] a statement we were trying to make. I never really thought of it
that way.”

Co-writer Paul Wernick called the queer couple as “everyday life.”

“We ground Deadpool in real life,” Wernick said. “As outrageous as it is, Deadpool is
a very, very grounded movie.” co-writer Rhett Reese said, “We didn’t want to make
too big a deal of it.”

After getting her shot at fame as the punky mutant in Deadpool, Hildebrand created
a video with the It Gets Better campaign, where she revealed her personal
experiences.

“Whether you are unsure and afraid or sure and proud of your sexuality, no matter
what part of the journey to self-acceptance that you are at, it’s OK, and it really does
get better,” Hildebrand told viewers in the video, dated October 2016. “You are
exactly where you are supposed to be.”

Deadpool 2 is now playing in theaters.