The teen star pushed to get a kissing scene with a male costar written out of her upcoming film
JoJo Siwa has successfully pushed for a change to her upcoming movie Bounce. The YouTuber/singer/actor lobbied hard for a scene in which she kisses a male costar to be cut from the movie, and it seems the studio is now on board.
“I’m madly in love and I do not want to kiss another human,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Especially because it’s a man.” Siwa came out back in January, and later announced that she has been dating girlfriend Kylie Prew. Siwa said Prew was fine with the potential kissing scene — but she herself wasn’t.
She worried about whether it would confuse young fans who aren’t always able to separate fact from fiction. “That’s what they look at me as, not some character, not some fictional thing. And so it’s going to be a little weird.”
She was confident the change would happen.
“I’m not about it. I’m trying to get it pulled so bad. It’ll happen. It’ll get pulled,” she said. And get pulled it did. She followed up the interview with a Tweet saying, “My friends at paramount and my friend Caleeb Pinkett are 1000% supportive of me and assured me that I don’t have to do anything I don’t wanna do ever!”
Which is amazing — there are countless stories of young actors, especially young girls, being compelled to do scenes they aren’t comfortable with, and there’s no need to add one more.
Siwa told EW that she’s pretty much always know she was “never straight,” even as a young child. But she didn’t necessarily put a label on herself. “I also was never like, ‘Oh, I’m gay,'” she explained. “I told myself for a long time, ‘if I have someone to come out with, then I will come out.'” Her relationship with Prew motivated Siwa to do so, even if it might put her career at risk. “If everything was to go away because of it, because of me being happy, then it’s not meant for me.”
Luckily, Siwa seems just as popular as ever, and even more importantly, she said she’s also the happiest she’s ever been. Knowing that she no longer has to pretend to be someone she’s not—whether in real life or for a movie role—is no doubt a big part of that.