Daniella Pineda in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Image: Twitter
Actor/comedian Daniella Pineda, who recently starred in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as a paleo-veterinarian, has revealed that a dialogue revealing the sexuality of her character was cut from the film.
The 31-year-old actor, who plays Dr Zia Rodriguez in the film, told Build that the dialogue revealed her character to be a lesbian but it was taken out of the 130-minute film because it was running too long.
"I understood why they cut it — for sake of time. It's me and Chris Pratt and we are in a military vehicle with all of these mercenaries," Pineda said.
"I look at Chris and am like, 'Yeah. Square jaw. Good bone structure. Tall. Muscles. I don't date men, but if I did, it would be you. It would gross me out, but I would do it.'," she added.
Pineda felt bad that the dialogue was cut because it would have provided "a little insight into my character". Pineda added that her character was drawn up as a queer woman but her sexuality was eventually not broached at all, as it was deemed irrelevant to the storyline of the film.
It was revealed last year that big-budget blockbusters, especially of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, have had really brief LBGTQ character moments (like Star Trek Beyond, Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast).
In a recent report, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said that last year only 12.8 per cent of studio films included LGBTQ characters, which is the lowest percentage since the organisation began keeping tabs in 2012.
Though films such as Love, Simon and Deadpool 2 have made an effort when it comes to representation, it has been consistently observed that big budget mainstream flicks keep their queer characters ambiguous and most of the times leave it up to the reader's interpretation.
For instance, in Beauty and the Beast, Josh Gad's LeFou had an unscripted gay moment in the film, and yet his character was never represented as queer. Same goes for Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, who was originally bisexual in Marvel comics, and yet in Thor: Ragnarok, her queerness was never projected on-screen.
LGBTQ representation in big-budget studio movies is a huge deal as it opens up conversations about sexuality, rather than identifying it as something inexplicable or vague.
"Record-breaking films like Black Panther and Wonder Woman prove that not only does inclusion make for great stories – inclusion is good for the bottom line. It is time for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) stories to be included in this conversation and in this movement," Glaad’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis told The Guardian recently.
With inputs by Ujjainee Roy