Cox has more than 40 roles to
credit but some love
her best as Kim in
for her turn as the bisexual private detective Vicki in
and one half of the
lesbian crime fighting couple in
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
the show-within-a-show from
the web series,
and shared her thoughts about
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