Irene Bedard, the voice of Disney’s Pocahontas, said she wants to see more Native Americans in the comedy world because traditional Native American Hollywood casting relies on narrow stereotypes.
“One thing I think that hasn’t been shown very much is how funny we are,” Bedard told Bold during an interview on Bold Life. “In order to survive, we had to be funny. Actually humor is one of the Inupiat values, which is my tribe.”
Bedard said with such low representation, Native Americans don’t get a chance to see their lives onscreen, let alone onscreen in a positive light.
“We just need a little more of a chance to see our lives…in a [comedy] or a romantic comedy,” she said.
Bedard is reprising the voice of Pocahontas this year for a role in the new “Wreck It Ralph” movie, which brings together the original Disney princesses — and new ones, too — to make self-aware jokes about Disney and feminism.
Bedard spoke about playing Pocahontas in 1995 and said the movie helped introduce a new generation to Native American culture. Will the new “Wreck It Ralph” movie be another chance to change Native American representation in media for the better? Audiences will have to wait and see until the movie’s November 21 release date.