Out actor and comedian Rebel Wilson is launching a new queer dating app called Fluid.
The new mom cofounded the company, and she told People recently that she’s excited to be behind an inclusive dating app.
“I Never Thought I Was 100 Percent Straight,” Wilson, 42, said.“This is the first dating app where you don’t have to actually define yourself or tick a box to say ‘I’m straight, I’m gay, I’m bisexual,’ and you don’t have to describe what you are looking for.”
She added: “It’s kind of love with no labels.”
Wilson, who is dating jewelry designer Ramona Agruma said the app is open to queer and even straight people.
Describing how the app works, Wilson told People, “The algorithm just picks up who you are vibing with and how much time you spend on certain profiles and it’s open enough so that if your sexuality moves into a different direction, it will follow because of what you are preferring on the app. The algorithm works on interests as well.”
Fluid, which will be available in the App Store later this month, is an app that Wilson said she’d liked to have had. It’s something she said she wished she had five years ago.
“Something like this would have really helped me and maybe I would have stumbled upon a female’s profile and been like, ‘OK, maybe I do want to message them.’ I totally would have joined up for Fluid because you don’t have to label yourself in any way. You just see who you connect with,” she told the outlet. “I know that, to me, it doesn’t matter about the gender, it just matters about the person.”
The actor also shared with the outlet, “I don't quite know how to define my sexuality, but I do know there's a lot of people out there that don't want to totally define it either.”
She remembered having to check either men or women when she was still single and using other dating apps.
“I remember you had to tick a box saying ‘Are you interested in men? Are you interested in women?’ And they were the two options. It felt really weird,” she explained to the outlet.
Of course, there are many other matching/dating apps available, and although Wilson hasn’t investigated all of them, she said that she thinks that having to “categorize yourself” results in a gap in the dating app market.
Other real-life experiences such as working with her castmates from the film Senior Year, as well as her own journey, have informed this app. “They're so open about their sexuality,” she said of the GenZ cast members.
The actor even went deep with her own love story with her partner.
“I was shocked when I met Ramona, how deep the connection was and how instant it was,” she said. “Where I thought I was really looking for a husband, dating about 50 guys in one year. I was always a bit of a girls’ girl and had deep friendships with women, but this was the first time that it was a romantic connection. Then I was like, well, what if that was part of my personality that I was repressing and not exploring? Maybe I should have 10 years earlier, I don’t know. My journey is what it is.”
Sharing her thoughts on sexuality as both complex and nuanced, Wilson also said, “I still don't know 100 percent what category I would fit in. I’m just in a great same-sex relationship now, and it’s awesome.”