The sudsy world of daytime drama isn’t always benevolent to its lady-loving fans. We’ll wait ages for a lesbian story to unfold, wringing our hands and shouting at the TV for a pining couple to kiss already, and when they finally do makeout (or hold hands), they’re always getting carted off to Europe or gunned down in the middle of the road or losing their lives to network cancellation. But we’ve got a lot of reasons to be thankful for The Bold and the Beautiful. Not only are they introducing Crystal Chappell‘s Danielle as a love interest for longtime fan favorite Karen Spencer this week, but the actress who plays Karen Spencer — the gorgeous Joanna Johnson — has decided to publicly come out alongside her character.
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Johnson, who just turned 50, reveals that although she came out to her parents when she was 23 and married the mother of her children back in 2008, she has always been afraid to let her fans and co-stars know that she’s a gay lady. But not anymore! In fact, her real-life story is the inspiration for her character’s soon-to-be fictional-life story!
You should definitely click through and read the whole interview, but these are a few of my favorite tidbits:
Johnson on why there are more openly gay characters on daytime TV than openly gay actors on daytime TV:
Johnson on hanging out with Ellen, Melissa Etheridge, and k.d. lang back in the day:
Johnson on learning that her character is going to come out as a lesbian who has struggled to accept her sexuality for her whole life:
Yeah, he did! Chappel and Johnson’s story-arc reportedly starts this Wednesday (May 16) when Karen returns to the show. Join us in welcoming Joanna Johnson to the out-and-proud world and lesbian celebrities. Also, join us in holding hands and praying to Sappho that Danielle and Karen avoid the Bubonic Plague, falling meteors, speeding bullets, and every other daytime lesbian death-trap!