Wizards Of Waverly Place’ boss confirms theory on Alex Russo sexuality

Fans sensed palpable chemistry between Stevie (Hayley Kiyoko) and Alex (Selena Gomez) (Picture: Adam Rose/Disney Channel via Getty Images)

The showrunner for Disney Channel hit Wizards of Waverly Place has addressed a long-held rumour about Selena Gomez’s character that fans have suspected for years.

In a new interview, Peter Murrieta, who helmed the show for its first three seasons, was asked which storyline he wished they could have explored further.

He brought up teen wizard Alex Russo, the lead character played by Only Murders in the Building star Selena, and Stevie Nichols, depicted by singer Hayley Kiyoko.

When Stevie was introduced on the programme, fans noticed what they believed was palpable chemistry between her and Alex – and it turns out they weren’t wrong.

‘I wished we could have played more with what was quite obvious to a lot of us, which was the relationship between Stevie and Alex,’ Peter said, while speaking on the rewatch podcast Wizards of Waverly Pod.

However, the TV writer added: ‘We weren’t able to in that time, but it was pretty clear to all of us what that relationship was. That would have been fun.’

‘Omg what we could have had,’ one fan said (Picture: Adam Rose/Disney Channel via Getty Images)

Co-host Jennifer Stone chimed in to add: ‘If it was just a few years down the line, we maybe could have played with that,’ while co-presenter David DeLuise stated that ‘nowadays that could happen’ on the Disney Channel.

‘Disney Channel has had [LGBT+] characters, and they did it, but we got as close as we could,’ Peter responded. ‘Pretty close. It was pretty much there.’

Reacting to the news that their suspicions about Alex and Stevie were correct, several fans were astounded to receive the confirmation they’d been waiting for.

‘Omg what we could have had,’ one person tweeted, while another wrote: ‘But we all ~felt~ it and that’s what matters.’

‘Gonna rewatch the show with my bi Alex Russo lenses on,’ someone else shared, as another simply put: ‘I KNEW IT.’

During an interview with Them last year, Hayley opened up about what it was like playing Stevie before coming out, and the impact the character had on fans.

‘At this time, I wasn’t openly queer, and so when I was on Wizards, I think anytime I was doing a show I felt very insecure or exposing myself as a flaming lesbian,’ she said, having starred on the show for four episodes in 2010.

‘But obviously [for] the fans who have watched the show, Stevie is a part of their gay awakening, and I wasn’t able to mask my lesbian energy very much in the character.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Disney for comment.

Wizards of Waverly Place is available to watch on Disney Plus.

Got a story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

MORE : Selena Gomez sends fans wild with bikini throwback as rumours about her new romance with Zayn Malik heat up

MORE : Selena Gomez begs fans to stop sending death threats to Hailey Bieber amid ‘drama’

Source link