Phil and Lil’s mom Betty lives in her truth in the recently rebooted Paramount + The Rugrats.
Natalie Morales, who voices the character in the CG animated series that premiered on the streamer this Thursday, confirmed to the AV Club that the mother of twins – who was married to Howie in the 1991 original – is now out and proud.
“Anyone who watched the original show may have had an idea that Betty was a member of the Alphabet Mafia,” says Morales, who is openly queer. “Yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I had watched Wet and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.
Betty DeVille has long been an unofficial gay icon and the character update just makes her official. This time around, Betty’s sweater doesn’t have the feminine gender symbol but the Gemini icon. She’s also an entrepreneur who makes jokes about her former girlfriends.
“Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to spend time with friends and community,” adds Morales. “And I think it’s so awesome because examples of happy and healthy living as a queer person is such a beacon for queer kids who maybe don’t have examples of that.
In case you haven’t watched it yet, the new Wet follows “even greater adventures born of the colorful imaginations of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica,” according to the official logline. (Dil, Kimi, and Kira have presumably been erased from existence.) The first batch of episodes has dropped and will be followed by a second batch at a later date.