The Truth About Mae Whitman's Sexuality

Over the last few decades, Mae Whitman has proved she can do just about anything in the Hollywood world. Whitman caught more than one big break as a childhood star and began acting alongside A-list celebrities when she was just a few years old (via IMDb). The "Good Girls" actress played Meg Ryan and George Clooney's daughter in "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "One Fine Day," but truly won everyone's hearts over with her stellar performance as Sandra Bullock's daughter in "Hope Floats" (via Wide Open Country). BuzzFeed has even bestowed upon her the impressive title of "Best Crier in Hollywood." The versatile actress now boasts an impressive net worth with over 150 acting credits under her belt, and there's no sign of Whitman slowing down anytime soon.

From playing the voice of Katara in "Avatar: The Last Airbender," to acting as the troubled teen, Amber, in NBC's family drama, "Parenthood," Whitman's fans are well versed with her on-screen presence but far less familiar with her life behind the scenes. While the Los Angeles-born star tends to keep her life private, she has been romantically linked to other individuals in the industry including singer-songwriter Landon Pigg and "Forrest Gump" actor Haley Joel Osment (via Ranker). 

While Whitman has been linked to a few men over the years, she doesn't identify as straight. Keep reading to learn more about "The Duff" star's sexuality.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress identifies as pansexual

In August 2021, Whitman opened about her sexuality, sharing with her fanbase that she identifies as pansexual. "Just taking a moment to say I am SO proud to be even a small part of a show like The Owl House," the "Parenthood" alum tweeted. "Being pansexual myself, I wish I had such incredible characters like Amity and Luz in my life when I was growing up. Queer representation is sososo important ... keep it up world!"

"The Owl House," a Disney Channel animated show, has broken significant barriers by featuring Disney's first bisexual lead character, Luz Noceda (via Variety). One of the plot lines of the series follows a budding romance between Luz, voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles, and female character Amity, voiced by Whitman (via IMDb).

The "Arrested Development" star posted a follow-up tweet explaining to her fanbase what her sexuality means to her. "I know ppl might be unfamiliar with what pansexual means; for me it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders," Whitman tweeted. "This is the word that fits me best and I'm proud+happy to be a part of the Bi+ community. 

Whitman received an outpour of supportive comments from her fanbase. "You've helped breathe life into one of the best written, most important animated characters in the history of the medium," tweeted one person. You go, Mae!