JoJo Siwa Honored to Star in HSMTMTS as a Queer Character

JoJo Siwa is out—and very proud.

The dancer is opening up about her appreciation for her High School Musical: The Musical: The Series character Madison, who is openly queer. Siwa made her guest-starring debut in Sept. 7’s episode of the series, in which Madison, a Camp Shallow Lake alum, returns to the summer camp to visit her ex-girlfriend dela Maddox (Saylor Bell Curda). When she found out who, exactly, she’d be playing, Siwa realized it would be a turning point in her career.

“I’ve never played a gay character—besides myself, and I’m not a character, I’m just myself, but that’s that’s how it looks to the world,” Siwa told Entertainment Weekly Sept. 7. “But this is so straightforward: Madison is a queer human. I think it’s really special getting to know that kids are going to watch this and not be like, ‘she She’s queer? What’s that?’ They’re going to be like, ‘she She’s queer. Cool.’ I love that the next generation just kind of [moves past] it versus it being a weird thing.”

Siwa first came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in January 2021. Less than a month later, she went public with her relationship with Kylie Prew; after being on-again, off-again, the two confirmed their break-up in Aug. 2022. She was also part of the first same-sex couple to compete on Dancing With the Starsultimately coming in second place in 2021.

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