Actress Daniella Pineda has revealed that her character in the new movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was meant to be openly lesbian, but that the scene in which the character reveals her sexuality was removed from the final cut of the film. In Fallen Kingdom, Pineda plays the role of paleo-veterinarian Dr. Zia Rodriguez, joining stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in a quest to save dinosaurs from the danger of an erupting volcano. But before the rescue could take place, Pineda said, they shot a scene in which she and Pratt got to know each other by engaging in some lighthearted but revealing banter.
“I look at Chris and I’m 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’d do it,’” she recalled. “I love that I’m looking at Chris Pratt, the hottest guy in the world, and I’m like, ‘It would gross me out, but I guess I would do it!’ It was also cool, because it was a little insight into my character. But they cut it.”
Pineda said that Director J.A. Bayona and co-writer/producer Colin Trevorrow had initially wanted Rodriguez to reveal her sexuality as a means of developing her character, but that they were forced to cut the scene because the movie had run too long and that particular detail wasn’t “relevant to the story.” But in wake of similar decisions to cut scenes pertaining to non-heteronormative relationships in other high budget action movies, some have questioned whether the director faced pressure from higher-ups to avoid offending conservative-minded moviegoers. In last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, a scene in which Tessa Thompson’s character confirmed that she was bisexual was reportedly removed from the final iteration of the film. Director Bill Condon also said that the character of LeGou in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was gay, a reality that the film itself made no clear effort to acknowledge.
Watch video of Pineda’s remarks below.
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