Jessica Capshaw is one half of primetime’s leading lesbian couple and strong-willed enough to break Callie Torres’ heart and mend it in a single season. On Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Arizona Robbins is also Seattle Grace’s most spirited doc — and the only one who wears roller shoes. And for Capshaw, the role takes on even more importance because of what it means to the LGBT community: visibility.
Arizona may not wear her sexual orientation on her sleeve, but Capshaw has high hopes that “Calzona” may just spell the beginning of a landslide of gay story lines on network TV.
AfterEllen.com caught up with Capshaw at ABC’s Television Critics’ Association party to discuss playing Arizona, what’s next for the lesbian power couple and her hopes for the couple.
AfterEllen.com: We’re all big fans of the show, especially “Calzona.”
AE: You and Sara Ramirez are the biggest couple on primetime for the lesbian community and it seems like gay stories on TV are dwindling right now.
It’s not a guy and a girl, or a girl and a girl or a guy and a guy — it’s a relationship. You’re just people playing characters. But unfortunately in the world where we have to politicize things in order to make points, they are one of the few couples. But I like to think of (Callie and Arizona) as the beginning; I like to think that we’re ramping up as opposed to dwindling.