The 14-year-old Girl Meets World actress and activist opened up about finding her voice, helping those who don’t have one and more. Check it:
On teens speaking out: “I’m so tired of the argument that teenagers can’t understand something just because they’re young… Teens my age do have opinions and we are speaking out, which I think is so cool. By continuing to talk about issues that are important to us, we’re showing we do know what we’re talking about—and we’re willing to foster change.”
On sexuality: “I’m getting more comfortable with myself as the days go by, and for me it’s important to be able to do that and not have to hide anything…. I kind of wanted to just slip it into a conversation because I didn’t want to have it be a big deal that I’m maybe not 100 percent straight. We assume straight is the default and that people who are different have to come out—but instead we should let everyone be themselves and whatever they choose to be.”
On internet bullies: “It’s scary when you speak out because people can be really mean—especially online—but it’s the only way to change anything. I just have to remind myself that someone resorting to insults is just trying to hurt people, whereas I’m trying to help people.”
On recognizing white privilege: “It’s easy to think that movements like Black Lives Matter don’t affect me but, because I’m white, I benefit from the discrimination that others struggle with. I want to use that privilege to help others and start a dialogue.”
On having a voice: “Honestly, it’s awesome that people are listening to me. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to start conversations and not just have someone see what you’re saying, but really take it in and start their own discussions about the world around us.”
Rowan‘s cover of Girl’s Life is on news stands, March 22nd.