DID FOX KNOW THEY HIRED A LESBIAN TO STAR IN A HIT SHOW?
"There’s no way I can keep quiet. I want to be clear this is my partner," Nicole told the Times. "I don’t want to make that shameful in any kind of way."
Jasika Nicole and her girlfriend, Claire Savage,
Nicole, who plays an FBI agent on the new Fox series (which just picked up for a full season), is one of the few positive voices in the article, and a shining example of being out, proud and having a career. She’s also one of the only openly gay women of color on a primetime network TV show.
Prior to Fringe, the Brooklyn-based actress (who is also an illustrator) has been on Law and Order: Criminal Intent; the short-lived Parker Posey series, The Return of Jezebel James; and in the 2006 film Take the Lead. Her drawing work is very queer, featuring sweet autobiographical images of her in bed with her girlfriend and going about her daily routine. She recently penned a guest blog for MTV on “The Science of Comics,” writing on her love for the art.
We’re working on interviewing her for AfterEllen.com soon (though we can’t promise cuddly girlfriend pictures).
STRIKE WHILE THE CHEF IS HOT
Lauren is originally from New York City but now lives in San Francisco, where she is the executive chef at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. She also enjoys tattoos, dancing in the kitchen and Marc Jacobs, according to various interviews on the internet. I could not, however, locate information on her marital status so that remains a mystery (at least to me).
The chef will be heating up the kitchen on the new season of Top Chef when it premieres on Nov. 12. Until then, New Yorkers can try their luck at locating the production house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and report back on
— by Trish Bendix