You may know Holland Taylor as the bisexual grandmother in Two And A Half Men, or from The L Word as as Peggy Peabody. But you have probably never heard that she was a lesbian.
Recently, the 72-year-old actress revealed for WNYC’s Anna Sale that she has been in a long-term relation with a woman, and she has always dated women, but preferred not to talk about it as this is too much of a political subject.
Asked if she would consider marrying, the actress replied:
“Well, my relationship is with a woman, and I have not — given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me. But she’s mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a — as a — as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction. But it’s been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do.”
However she did not disclose her girlfriend’s identity arguing that it’s something she avoids:
“I’ve been really wrestling with this lately, because most of my relationships have been with women and I don’t like talking about them because I don’t like talking about the politics of it all because I’m not political about it,” Holland said. “I think we’re ridiculous in this country about it.”
The actress continued describing her ire about the way people see “the coming out issue,” considering awkward that she must officially state it.
“… And so, it’s awkward because if I talk about relationships in my life or people that have been in my life, or somebody I’ve been seeing for a while or this, that and the other thing, I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, ‘So have you come out?’ No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.”