Rugrats reboot: Phil and Lil’s mom Betty DeVille is openly gay in new show, voice actor says

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Rugrats reboot: Phil and Lil’s mom Betty DeVille is openly gay in new show, voice actor says


Betty DeVille, who is the mother of unruly twins Phil and Lil in the ’90s cartoon Rugrats, is an openly gay woman when the series reboots, her actor has revealed.

Natalie Morales is the new voice behind Betty in the series’ 3D reboot on Paramount +, which sees the heroes layered on new adventures.

Prior to Rugrats, Morales appeared in Santa Clarita Diet, Parks And Recreation, and Bojack Horseman.

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Natalie Morales voices the rebooted Betty. Pic: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP

In a statement to the AV Club, Morales confirmed that Betty was now an openly gay character, after years of speculation that she “was a member of the Alphabet Mafia.”

Morales said, “Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s so great because of the examples of your living. happy and healthy living as a queer person is just such a beacon for queer kids who may not have examples of this.

“And yes, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I had watched Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend I think that at least part of me would have sensed that things might be okay in the future. “

On the show, which saw its first reboot hit the new Paramount + streaming service on Thursday, Betty is heard making jokes about her ex-girlfriend and instead of the female symbol on her sweater, it’s now Gemini’s. .

In the original shows, she was married to a man named Howard, but it is not yet known whether he will appear in the updated series.

Elsewhere in the reboot, much of the original vocal cast returns, with actors like Nancy Cartwright playing the constantly anxious Chuckie, and EG Daily reprising as bandleader Tommy.

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Twins Phil and Lil are Betty’s two children on the show. Photo: Paramount +

Tony Hale of Arrested Development joins the cast as Chuckie’s father, Chas, and Nicole Byer, known as the host of the Netflix show Nailed It, will play Susie’s mother, Dr. Lucy Carmichael.

The rebooted Rugrats air exclusively in the United States, not knowing if they will cross the Atlantic.

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