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‘It’s been hinted at so many times’: Original Velma Actor Linda Cardellini is Relieved Velma’s Lesbian Status is Finally Out There

Velma's long awaited coming out has finally happened.

With the release of Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, the much-anticipated reveal of Velma’s long-speculated sexuality was made. It was an open secret among Scooby-Doo fans that Velma was anything but straight, but while the theory was well-observed, there was no official statement as to it, until now. James Gunn, who wrote the script for the live-action movie in the early 2000s, revealed that he wrote the bespectacled character as a lesbian, however, the studio paid no heed to his opinions.

Linda Cardellini, who formerly played Velma in the live adaption of the cartoon, was overjoyed that her character was out and proud finally. Her thoughts were shared by fans all over the internet.

Velma in Scooby-Doo!
Velma in Scooby-Doo!

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Linda Cardellini’s reaction to Velma’s sexuality reveal

Velma Dinkley, the brains of Mystery Inc., sexuality reveal as a lesbian was much anticipated after years of speculation by fans. While some fans assumed her to be bisexual because of her involvement with different men throughout the series, Velma’s true sexuality was hinted at all times.

Linda Cardellini, a former Velma in the live adaption of the cartoon in the 2000s, expressed her joy that lesbian Velma was finally canonized.

Linda Cardellini as Velma
Linda Cardellini as Velma

“Velma has been around since 1969; I just went trick or treating with my daughter and there were a lot of Velmas out there, so I love that she still has this place in culture that is sort of always active for decades,” Cardellini talked about Velma’s recent rising as a lesbian. “And I love—you know, I think it’s been hinted at so many times, and I think it’s great that it’s finally out there,”

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When asked if she would be open to reprising her role, the Emmy-nominated star replied positively, however also brought up the fact perhaps she is too old now to play the role.

Why was Velma’s coming out delayed so much?

While it was already an open secret that Velma was not so much straight, her speechlessness and several other gestures around the costume designer and villain Coco Diablo set the fact into stone.

James Gunn, the screenwriter for the live-action adaption of Scooby-Doo, revealed he meant to make Velma lesbian for the movie as well. However, the studios ignored him and portrayed the character straight.

“I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel).”

Velma around Coco Diablo
Velma around Coco Diablo

Tony Cervone, former supervising producer on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series gave a confirmation of our beloved brainiac’s sexuality in an Instagram post during Pride month. He said in the caption, “I’ve said this before, but Velma in ‘Mystery Incorporated’ is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character when she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why. There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago. I don’t think Marcie and Velma had time to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple. You can not like it, but this was our intention.”

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Velma’s coming out as a gay character is a momentous event for the LGBTQ community and the fans are and will be delighted by this revelation for years to come.


Written by Saif Madre