‘Charmed’ producer: Reboot wouldn’t feel real without LGBTQ representation

SAN DIEGO, CA — “Charmed” executive producer Jessica O’ Toole says it was important to represent the LGBTQ community in the new CW reboot.

“It felt very natural,” she told the audience during the “Charmed” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. “It didn’t even come out of a purpose, it was just like, ‘Yeah, that’s Mel, she’s gay.’

O’Toole added, “Representation is important and I think it doesn’t feel like the real world to not have that.”

Melonie Diaz’s character Mel Vera is a lesbian in the new series. The actress said she’s “so happy” about it because “it should just be a relationship about two people loving each other.”

The show’s creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, said working on “Jane The Virgin” prior to this helped her realize the importance of representation.

“I learned so much about the importance of seeing yourself represented on screen and what that means when you’re not limiting that field,” she said. “I think we were just really committed to just showing a different version of ‘Charmed’ and building upon the incredible sisterhood that they had and then opening up that world so that people could relate to our version.”

“Charmed” premieres Oct. 14 on the CW.

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