The new character of actress and singer Diamond White is strong, and not simply because she can perform elaborate tricks. In the Disney+ series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, White plays Moon Girl (also known as Lunella Lafayette), the first Black teen superheroine. The sitcom, which is based on the Marvel comic book Moon Girl, appropriately debuted on February 10 during Black History Month.
Furthermore, the 24-year-old told PEOPLE at Disneyland Resort as she celebrated the real-life streaming debut of her character, “It’s really cool. I think that you have to show representation to younger kids.” Additionally, the network claimed that Lafayette is “arguably one of the most brilliant characters in the Marvel universe. With her superpower of pure intellect and the real-life power of STEM, she uses her smarts combined with determination and confidence to protect her beloved Lower East Side neighborhood from danger.”
As for Lunella, White said: “It’s cool to be smart. I wish I had a show like this growing up, because then maybe I would’ve been a little bit smarter. It’s cool just to see all the different flavors of the show, ” and added, that the show is “really all-inclusive” and “really beautiful.”
Moreover, the Bold and the Beautiful actress hopes that the animated figure will demonstrate to young Black girls that it is possible to be both attractive and intelligent. White remarked, “It teaches you a lot about quantum physics. You learn about science and stuff, but not only does she do a lot of science-y things, she also is just a 13-year-old Black girl growing up.”
Diamond White, a former X Factor finalist also described how her life might have been made a little easier if Moon Girl had been around when she was a child.
White stated, “It would’ve made my life a little bit easier, especially the perm episode. The ‘hair today, gone tomorrow.’ I would’ve loved to have seen a Black character getting her first perm because that’s what I went through growing up. Maybe it would’ve deterred me from getting my first perm. That’s one of the main storylines in that episode: Don’t get perms, they ruin your hair, and you’ve got to take care of your crown.”
On another note, while she tries not to put too much pressure on herself, White hopes that viewers of the show will feel inspired and empowered as they follow her character’s excursions across New York. In addition, White is honored to perform the role and just wants to have fun, despite the title and shoes she is filling, especially during Black History Month.
Lastly, the second season of Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has already been renewed, and season one is currently available to stream on Disney+.