Nov 28, 2013

Moises Arias: Quirky, Androgynous, Gay-Positive

Born in 1994, Moises Arias became famous to millions of tweens as Rico, pint-sized nemesis to Jason Earles' Jackson on Hannah Montana (2006-2011).

He made many other appearances on the Disney Channel, including starring with buddy Jake T. Austin twice, in The Perfect Game (2009) and in a 2009 story arc on The Wizards of Waverly Place (he played Max's disembodied Conscience).

Rapidly becoming a big star, Moises played in the Disney Channel Games and got his own reality series, Moises Rules! (2009-2010), with several up-and-coming Hollywood teens as his friends and associates (such as Sage Northcutt, left).

Growing up and getting buffed, Moises could have gone the teen idol route, but instead he opted for quirky characters in quirky comedies or dramedies:

Quicktime in We the Party (2012), about teenagers interested in "romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves."

And Biaggio, the androgynous person with "no gender" who mistakes gay for muscular dystrophy in The Kings of Summer (2013). 

He wrote, directed, and starred in Brothers in Arms (2012), about two brothers who must adjust to being separated when one is drafted into the army (played by his real life brother, Mateo Arias of the Disney Channel's Kickin' It).

But he is not immune to commercial projects.  He played Sue's laconic wrestler boyfriend on The Middle (2012-13) and Bonzo Madrid, a "strikingly beautiful boy" in the controversial sci-fi epic Ender's Game (2013) (I haven't seen it.)

Being a member of Jake T. Austin's posse, and playing androgynous characters, there has naturally been some speculation on whether Moises is gay in real life.

Being the bff of Jaden Smith has fueled speculation.

He appears to have a girlfriend with whom he's "madly in love," so probably heterosexual.  But definitely gay-friendly.

See also: Sage Northcutt.