Actress Holland Taylor, star of Two and a Half Men, Legally Blonde and The L Word, during her guest appearance on WNYC’s popular podcast Death, Sex & Money spoke to host Anna Sale about knowing from an early age that traditional marriage was not for her.
“My first boyfriend spoke about from the other room, I was taking a shower, and he spoke about ’Maybe we should think about getting married,’ This was when I was still in college. And I literally looked down at the shower floor and the drain and thought no, no, no, no as the water swirled around the drain.”
Asked if she liked the idea of marriage these days, Holland 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 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.”
Taylor was asked if she would like to share her partner’s name…
“Well, I feel at this point in the conversation it feels kind of awkward. Now I feel very very shy of it. 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. I think we’re ridiculous in this country about it. Ridiculous.
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.”
I can pretty much guarantee, Ms. Taylor, that you’ve inspired some woman of a certain age to be honest abut who she is. Coming out always has a ripple effect. You can hear the full interview below.