Demi Lovato on Kissing Glee’s Santana: It’s “Incredible” to Play a Young Lesbian on TV
Among the many reasons we’re excited for the start of Glee Season 5— other than the fact that, y’know, it’s Glee, so why wouldn’t we be excited about it? — is to see Demi Lovato start her six-episode stint as Santana’s (Naya Rivera) love interest, Dani. And it sounds like the X Factor judge is loving her time on the show so far!
“It’s been awesome,” Demi — who first appears in Season 5, Episode 2 — tells Ryan Seacrest about filming Glee. “We had our first episode together this last week and … I’m good friends with a lot of the cast members already, so it was like walking into a giant hang-out.”
But even though Demi confirmed that she and Santana will be locking lips during the season, the pop star doesn’t want people to just focus on the more sensational elements of her role.
“I don’t want people to take from this, ‘Oh my god, Demi is kissing a girl,’” she says. “I want people to take from it this is actually an incredible step in our generation today where I’m able to play a young lesbian on primetime TV.”
Glee is all about bringing to life issues that young people face every day, and giving a voice to the stories that don’t always get told. With her new Glee character, Demi now has the opportunity to do just that.
“I’m honored to be able to be hopefully inspiring people with my character to be who they are and not be afraid of it or ashamed,” she says.