The star of the sitcom Mike & Molly was asked by The Advocate in an interview posted today about her TV alter ego's ex-fiance turning out to be a gay man.
Had that ever happened to her in real life?
'Just one? There were so many. In my early 20s I was like the last stop before a guy said, “Yep, it’s official: I’m gay.” I’d be like, “Really?!” I’d think, But he’s so funny, so charming, and such a good dresser. I never saw it coming.'
The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress simply always felt a connection to gay people.
'All of my friends were gay,' she says. 'In high school we started going to downtown Chicago clubs like Berlin, one of the best gay bars ever. I remember being undressed and then redressed by two drag queens up on a pillar, and at the end I looked like Bea Arthur. At 43, it’s still one of the greatest nights of my life.'
'It was just my world,' she added. 'I was a little odd, and I found them to be the most accepting group. We were a band of outsiders who went downtown and realized, “Oh, we’re all right.” There were tons of creative people doing their thing, and it was only the scared people who wanted to shut it down.'
Despite an Irish-Catholic upbringing, her parents did not seem to be at all bothered by her social circle.'
We didn’t really talk about it, but it was never discussed as something negative. My parents are kind and accepting. Because so many of my friends were gay, it was just an accepted thing in my house. I was very lucky.'
Okay fag hags reveal yourselves and fess up. How many of you have gone on grindr looking for 'gbffs'??