Pop Culture Fix: Ariana DeBose Is Crushing on Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld’s NYC-ish New Season

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You ever been just like super wrong about something? That was me with Starbucks salted caramel cold foam, which I called “a gimmick” when it first appeared but which I now call “my favorite morning treat.” I’m drinking an iced coffee with it right this second! I am also presenting you with your mid-week Pop Culture Fix!

+ Evan Rachel Wood’s new character on Westworld is “named Christina who is ‘from a city that looks like New York’ and lives there with a roommate played by Ariana DeBose who ‘may or may not have a crush on Christina.’ Sold!

+ Here’s your Motherland: Fort Salem season three trailer! And also here’s your announcement that Valerie Anne will be recapping this season!

+ The Outlaws season two premieres on Prime Video on August 5th.

+ This is my favorite Pride “headline” so far, from the Onion: Judi Dench Wondering Why She Never Became More Of A Gay Icon.

+ Hayley Kiyoko shares how Becca Tilley helped her discover her “authentic truth.”

+ Queer as Folk Star Jesse James Keitel will be a new nonbinary character on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

+ Ms. Marvel is out on Disney+ today! I watched the first two episodes and loved loved loved it! And even more after I saw this tweet. For the uninitiated, Kamala Khan’s powers explained. And: Ms. Marvel feels like the future of the MCU.

+ Scream 6 won’t give Neve Campbell her paycheck so she’s not coming back and good for her!  This isn’t gay, but Neve Campbell is my wife’s root, so… it’s kinda gay?

+ Do queer films like Fire Island need to pass the Bechdel test?

+ Demi Lovato returns with new music and tour announcement.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. I was probably the only teenager who had a crush on Judi Dench and religiously watched “As Time Goes By” on PBS and also own the DVD box set as an adult. So definitely a gay icon in my book lol

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