Cox has more than 40 roles to
credit but some love
her best as Kim in href="http://www.afterellen.com/movies/2007/8/betterthanchocolate">Better
for her turn as the bisexual private detective Vicki in href="http://www.afterellen.com/TV/2007/3/bloodties">Blood
and one half of the
lesbian crime fighting couple in href="http://www.afterellen.com/TV/nikkiandnora2.html">Nikki
Gravity doesn’t have
her playing a lesbian or bisexual, but she does get to wear
suits and rattle off scientific jargon as a mission biologist. What’s
than a hot nerd in space? Nothing, that’s what.
talked to AfterEllen.com recently about her new show,which
is described by a production executive as a “sci-fi premise,
told in a female-friendly way.” She also gave us some dish on href="http://www.afterellen.com/blog/sarahwarn/3way-video-ladycops-brotherly-love">Ladycops,
the show-within-a-show from
the web series, target="_blank" href="http://www.afterellen.com/video/3Way">3Way,
and shared her thoughts about href="http://www.afterellen.com/people/2009/hot100">this
year’s Hot 100 List.
We’re going to talk about many things, but first of all, Defying
You’re an astronaut now.
I am. It’s my first astronaut.
of your roles are sci-fi or other worldly. Do you consciously gravitate
those genres or roles?
Maybe I just don’t fit in
with the rest of humanity! No, it’s part
and part that Canada [where Defying
Gravity and other shows were
shot] has become the go-to location for
sci-fi. And a lot of my sci-fi credits are from before I moved to the
So it looks like my passion, but it’s mostly just coincidence.
of go-to, you played a lesbian in Better
a bisexual in Blood
a lesbian again in the
web series, Nikki &
Nora, and yet another lesbian
the gay-show-within-a-gay-show on 3
You’re the straight go-to actor for lesbian and bisexual roles.
CC: I tend to gravitate
towards strong, fleshed out, complex women
characters. It’s whether the writing is there and the character and the
me. I ask myself, “Would be compelling to perform?”
you can’t help it if the “strong, fleshed out, complex women” are gay
or bisexual. You have a large and loyal lesbian following because of
They’ve given me an incredible
amount of support over the years. Both
and the sci-fi communities have been great, loyal fans. I’m really
& Nora were really
examples of what entertainment for the gay and lesbian community can be
they’re grounded in reality. After doing Better
Than Chocolate, I got sent
every lesbian script out there. And a lot of
them were insulting in how they portray lesbians. A lot of them have
questionable motives and questionable execution, in my opinion.
was wrong with those scripts?
Well, it was a lesbian character that was that way because she had been
or she had her heart broken by a man. It was a reactionary choice that
go to the other side. Or the other versions are: She can be a part of a
so a bunch of guys can get their rocks off, or she’s crazy, or a black
or a damaged woman, or
a stalker. And it’s
like, “Wow, this is not the way.”
everyone knows we’re either damaged or killers. Or both.
Right. But I’ve been lucky. I look forward to more great roles for