AceShowbiz - It was a casual chat that became Holland Taylor's platform to come out. But the "Two and a Half Men" actress refused to call it a revelation because she had been in the "out" for so long.
While talking to "Death, Sex & Money" radio show host Anna Sale last week, Taylor talked about how 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,' " Taylor recalled. "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 whether she was enticed by the idea of marriage, the 72-year-old actress said, "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."
But she refused to publicize her partner's name. "Well I feel at this point in the conversation it feels kind of awkward," she said. "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."
She continued, "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."
Taylor went on giving a hint that there was a big gap of age between her and her girlfriend, something "which I'm sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me. But you know, it's not a statement original to me - I've heard it as a joke once in my past, but as they say, 'If she dies, she dies.' ... She thought it was funny when I said it too."
Taylor starred in "The L Word", "Legally Blonde" and most prominently in "The Practice".