It looks like Andi isn’t the only one crushing on Jonah Beck!
Disney Channel’s hit show “Andi Mack” broke ground when it featured its main character learning her big sister was actually her mother who had her when she was a teenager. Now the show will be breaking ground once again.
In a first for the network, the show will feature one of its main characters coming to terms with their sexuality. In the season 2 premiere episode, Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) awkwardly sorting out her feelings for her classmate Jonah (Asher Angel). At the same time, Cyrus (Joshua Rush), also 13, realizes that he, too, has feelings for Jonah and confides in Buffy. The scene between Cyrus and Buffy is intended to serve as a positive role model for both kids and adults and we’ll also see Cyrus struggle with how to share this revelation with his girlfriend Iris and his journey to self-discovery and ultimately self-acceptance as a gay individual will be seen throughout the season.
Disney Channel, the cast and creator Terri Minsky took great care with crafting Cyrus’ storyline by seeking guidance from child development experts and they screened the episode in advance for several organizations, including Common Sense Media, GLAAD and PFLAG.
Joshua Rush is excited to share Cyrus’ journey and took to Instagram to say, “Starting conversations about trust, love, relationships and family dynamics is easier when you have a show that you can relate to. Andi Mack gives young people and their parents, mentors, and champions a meaningful way to talk about these topics and the power to decide their futures. I’m so proud to bring Cyrus’ groundbreaking storyline to life and for you to see what we’ve been working on.”
Peyton also took to Instagram to say, “We include. We support. We love. Everyone. No matter what. Not despite, but because of their differences. There is no us. There is no they. There is only we. Andi Mack celebrates the human spirit. In all of its glory. Hopefully our portrayal of a couple of teenagers living real lives and feeling real feelings inspires people to participate in conversations vital to any healthy relationship. You should lead whatever life you want. Love whoever you want. Don’t let anyone, ever, no matter what, tell you anything else.”
Emily Skinner who plays Amber added, “So incredibly proud to be a part of a show that promotes love, inclusion, and acceptance for all. I hope Andi Mack shows kids around the world how to treat others in a way that they would want to be treated, how to choose kindness no matter what you believe, and how to respect each other as human beings. Everyone deserves to be loved and to be treated equally. Much love to ALL of you, let’s make the world a better place together.”
Are you excited to see Cyrus’ coming out storyline? “Andi Mack” season 2 premieres Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PST on Disney Channel.