Interview with Christina Cox

 
 

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href="http://www.afterellen.com/taxonomy/term/150">Christina
Cox has more than 40 roles to
her
credit but some love
her best as Kim in href="http://www.afterellen.com/movies/2007/8/betterthanchocolate">Better
than Chocolate
,
for her turn as the bisexual private detective Vicki in href="http://www.afterellen.com/TV/2007/3/bloodties">Blood
Ties
,
and one half of the
lesbian crime fighting couple in href="http://www.afterellen.com/TV/nikkiandnora2.html">Nikki
& Nora
.
Christina’s
newest sci-fi
series, Defying
Gravity
doesn’t have
her playing a lesbian or bisexual, but she does get to wear
form-fitting space
suits and rattle off scientific jargon as a mission biologist. What’s
better
than a hot nerd in space? Nothing, that’s what.

Christina
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.

AfterEllen.com:
We’re going to talk about many things, but first of all, Defying
Gravity
.
You’re an astronaut now.

Christina
Cox:

I am. It’s my first astronaut.

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AE:
Many
of your roles are sci-fi or other worldly. Do you consciously gravitate
towards
those genres or roles?

CC:
Maybe I just don’t fit in
with the rest of humanity! No, it’s part
coincidence,
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
States.
So it looks like my passion, but it’s mostly just coincidence.

AE:
Speaking
of go-to, you played a lesbian in Better
Than Chocolate
,
a bisexual in Blood
Ties
,
a lesbian again in the
web series, Nikki &
Nora
, and yet another lesbian
in Ladycops,
the gay-show-within-a-gay-show on 3
Way
.
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
story interest
me. I ask myself, “Would be compelling to perform?”

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AE:
And
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
 
those
roles.
CC:
They’ve given me an incredible
amount of support over the years. Both
the GLBT
and the sci-fi communities have been great, loyal fans. I’m really
grateful for
that. Chocolate
and Nikki
& Nora
were really
positive
examples of what entertainment for the gay and lesbian community can be
because
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.

AE:
What
was wrong with those scripts?
CC:

Well, it was a lesbian character that was that way because she had been
abused,
or she had her heart broken by a man. It was a reactionary choice that
made her
go to the other side. Or the other versions are: She can be a part of a
three-way,
so a bunch of guys can get their rocks off, or she’s crazy, or a black
widow,
or a damaged woman, or
a stalker. And it’s
like, “Wow, this is not the way.”

AE:
Well,
everyone knows we’re either damaged or killers. Or both.
CC:

Right. But I’ve been lucky. I look forward to more great roles for
women.

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