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Raven-Symoné on Why She Was Hesitant to Take Lesbian Roles after Coming Out

Afouda Fortune
May 20, 2020
01:30 A.M.
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Years after she came out as gay, Raven-Symone reveals why she felt reluctant to appear in gay films.

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Since her appearance as Olivia Kendall on “The Cosby Show” and Nicole Lee on “Hangin' with Mr. Cooper,” Raven-Symone has been a fan favorite.

Raven-Symone visits the Young Hollywood Studio on October 2, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Raven-Symone visits the Young Hollywood Studio on October 2, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

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She became even more loved when she appeared in the 2015 film “A Girl Like Grace,” where she portrayed the character of a lesbian bully known as Mary.

[It was] revealed that Raven still has a lot of “dough” as she hasn’t spent any of the money she made during her appearance on “The Cosby Show.”

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Even though she informed her fans of her sexuality back in 2012, the actress recently revealed that she was reluctant about taking on the role of Mary.

Raven disclosed the information during a chat with her co-star, Garcelle Beauvais, on the latter’s podcast, according to Madame Noire. During their conversation, Raven said that:

“I was scared for my mom to see it. I was scared for my mom to see me kiss a girl on screen.”

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Raven then added that while she didn’t see anything wrong with what she did, she felt a little awkward when she eventually reviewed the clip.

This wouldn’t be the first time that the “That’s So Raven” star would publicly address her sexuality. She previously told Variety that she came out to inspire her fans to feel comfortable in their own skin.

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During the 2019 interview, the actress stated that it had been selfish for her to keep the story of her sexuality to herself.

The first time Raven hinted that she is a lesbian was back in 2013. CNN reported that the actress caused a social media stir when the “Raven’s Home” producer tweeted:

"I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you."

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It was later explained that the actress was just showing her support for the government after she heard on NPR that more states in the US had legalized gay marriage.

As regards her net worth, E! recently revealed that Raven still has a lot of “dough” as she hasn’t spent any of the money she made during her appearance on “The Cosby Show.”

The actress reportedly made the admission during a session she had with her fans via her Instagram Live.

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