Wizards of Waverly Place showrunner confirms Alex and Stevie would have been a couple
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The showrunner behind Wizards of Waverly Place has confirmed he wanted to explore a queer relationship between Alex and Stevie on the show.
During his appearance on the recent episode of the Wizards of Waverly Pod, hosted by Jennifer Stone and David DeLuise, Peter Murrieta, who ran the show for its first three seasons between 2007–2010, was asked if there was any storyline he wished he fleshed out a bit more.
“I wished we could have played more with what was quite obvious to a lot of us, which was the relationship between Stevie and Alex,” he said.
Stevie was a rebellious young wizard, played by singer Hayley Kiyoko, who appeared in four episodes. And Alex, the show's main character, was played by none other than Selena Gomez.
Murrieta revealed he would’ve liked to see the two friends become a couple but noted the era restricted the writers.
“We weren’t able to in that time, but it was pretty clear to all of us what that relationship was. That would have been fun,” he said.
Stone added: “If it was just a few years down the line, we maybe could have played with that."
Her co-host Murrieta said: “Disney Channel has had characters, and they did it, but we got as close as we could.
Selena Gomez, who played the series protagonist Alex Russo until the show’s final episode in 2012, also recently stopped by the podcast to reunite with her former co-stars.
However, the interview took a particularly emotional turn when the Only Murders in the Building actor was asked if she had any regrets, to which Gomez said ‘not staying in touch’ with her co-stars from the series.
“I felt ashamed of the decisions that I made,” she explained.
“I didn’t want you guys to see me in the state that I was in because you would have told me the truth, which terrifies me, and I didn’t want to let you down.”
DeLuise appreciated Gomez’s kind words, saying: “That’s really sweet and thank you for saying that. We obviously... I miss you and I’m happy you’re doing well now.”
Stone also acknowledged that she felt that Gomez had stepped back from their friendship following the series wrapping up almost a decade ago.
“To be perfectly blunt, like you know, there has been times where I’m like… ‘Did we stop being friends because I didn’t tell her what she wanted to hear', you know what I mean… so I appreciate you being here,” she said.
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