Nafessa Williams talked bout playing a black lesbian superhero


Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actress said her character who she was, and discovering superpowers felt quite similar to discovering that fact that she is attracted to women. “It’s one of those things [where she wonders:] am I a freak? Do I share it? Is anyone going to believe me? My parents are overprotective, how are they going to accept it?” says the actress, “It’s a secret that she holds onto for a while because she really doesn’t know who to talk to about it and how people are going to react to that.” The character’s sexuality was shown as she was depicted lying in a bed with her girlfriend. But Anissa’s love life is about to get a whole lot more complicated, it seems. Grace Choi, played by Pretty Little Liars actress Chantal Thuy, will be introduced as Anissa’s girlfriend at some point in the series.In the comics, half-Amazonian, Asian-American Grace is bisexual, and there seems to be no reason to doubt she will be in the show as well. Williams said Anissa and Grace “have a lot in common. If you’re familiar with the comics, they were a group called The Outsiders.” And the actress said that Grace would help her character.


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