The star of Netflix’s Fear Street on LGBTQI representation in genre


In the July issue of DIVA, Fear Street’s Kiana Madeira opens up about playing the queer lead in Netflix’s scarily brilliant Fear Street trilogy.

Here’s a sneak preview.

Kiana on…

Representation in Fear Street

“They’re groundbreaking in multiple ways, but, you know, I’m leading the films. I’m a mixed-race person, I’m a woman and I’m playing a queer women. I have never seen a horror film that had a queer love story and such a beautiful one at that.”

Her onscreen love interest, played by Olivia Scott Welch

“We had chemistry from the very beginning… I really hope that chemistry shines out on screen, because I really felt it while we were filming.”

Relating to her character

“I’m playing this character who is willing to do anything for the woman that she loves. I can really relate in that way. I am straight and Deena is queer. That was my way in, because I know what it feels like to love someone and want to protect them”

PLUS an exclusive interview with Fear Street director and co-writer Leigh Janiak

Our July 2021 issue is on sale now via the link below. 

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is available globally on Netflix from 2 July. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 is out on 9 July and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 follows on 16 July

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