The couple that just about was. Selena Gomez may have had a groundbreaking relationship on Wizards of Waverly Place.
Former showrunner and author Peter Murrieta revealed on the Monday, March 27, episode of Jennifer Stone and David DeLuise’s “Wizards of Waverly Pod” that the present’s writers meant for Gomez’s character, Alex Russo, to have a romantic arc with visitor star Hayley Kiyoko, who performed Stevie Nichols.
“I wanted we may have performed extra with — properly, it was fairly apparent to plenty of us — was the connection between Stevie and Alex,” the tv producer shared. “However we weren’t in a position to in that point, nevertheless it was fairly clear to all of us what that relationship was, and that might have been enjoyable.”
Kiyoko — who has been courting Bachelor Nation alum Becca Tilley since 2018 — appeared on 4 episodes of the Disney Chanel present’s third season in 2010. Throughout her story arc, Stevie befriended fellow teen wizard Alex earlier than trying to get her to affix a wizarding world revolt. In defeating her friend-turned-foe, Alex by chance turned Stevie to stone and tipped the statue over. Alex ended the sequence in a relationship along with her werewolf boyfriend, Mason, performed by Gregg Sulkin.
Within the years since Wizards of Waverly Place’s conclusion in 2012 — and after the 2013 follow-up film, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex — the youngsters’s community has included LGBTQ+ characters into a number of exhibits, most notably Andi Mack and the animated sequence The Owl Home.
“They did it,” Murrieta mentioned on the podcast, referring to Disney Channel’s inclusion of queer characters. “At the moment, it wasn’t a factor, however we acquired as shut as we may to — I imply, it was fairly shut. It was just about proper there. That might’ve been nice.”
Gomez, 30, just lately chatted with Stone, additionally 30, and DeLuise, 51 — who performed Alex’s finest pal, Harper, and father Jerry, respectively — on the February 27 episode of their rewatch podcast, throughout which she admitted she wished she’s stored extra in contact along with her former castmates. The sequence additionally starred David Henrie as Alex’s older brother, Justin, Jake T. Austin as youthful brother, Max, and Maria Canals-Barrera as Alex’s mother, Theresa.
“I felt ashamed of the selections that I made. I didn’t need you guys to see me within the state that I used to be in,” the Solely Murders within the Constructing star confessed. “As a result of A: you’d have instructed me the reality, which terrifies me. And B: I didn’t wish to allow you to down.”
Throughout her time on Disney Channel, Gomez dated ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber on and off from 2010 to 2018. She has additionally handled quite a few well being points over time, together with being identified with Lupus and bipolar dysfunction.
The “Uncommon” singer continued: “Little did I do know that I ended up with everybody I wanted to be in my life [from Wizards]. I believe I felt protected, and that’s a very onerous factor for me to really feel. I do know that you just guys love me for me. You guys genuinely liked me, and that’s all I may have requested for. The unconditional belief and bond we had, I miss it a lot.”
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In October 2022, the Monte Carlo star snapped a pic with a Waverly Place road signal whereas in New York Metropolis. She shared the nostalgia-inducing photograph with followers through Instagram, which she captioned, “The place all of it started.”