Two and a Half Men actress Holland Taylor revealed in a recent radio interview with WNYC that she is in a relationship with a woman, and has been dating women for quite some time.
The Emmy winner, 72, who most recently portrayed bisexual grandma Evelyn Harper on the CBS sitcom, revealed her relationship status last Wednesday, Nov. 25. Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale asked the legendary television actress whether she was enticed by the idea of marriage.
"My relationship is with a woman, and I have not — given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me," replied Taylor, who is best known for her role as Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. "But she's mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a — as a — as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction. But it's been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one's troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do."
Taylor declined to mention her girlfriend by name. "I feel at this point in the conversation it feels kind of awkward," she said. "Now I feel very very shy of it. I’ve been really wrestling with this lately because most of my relationships have been with women and I don’t like talking about them because I don’t like talking about the politics of it all because I’m not political about it. I think we’re ridiculous in this country about it. Ridiculous. And so, it’s awkward because if I talk about relationships in my life or people that have been in my life, or somebody I’ve been seeing for a while or this, that, and the other thing, I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, ‘So have you come out?’ No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out."
Privacy, at the end of the day, is of utmost importance to the actress and her significant other. "There's a very big age difference between us," Holland revealed. "Which I'm sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me. But you know, it's not a statement original to me — I've heard it as a joke once in my past, but as they say, 'If she dies, she dies.' . . . She thought it was funny when I said it too."
Holland also mentioned how her current relationship was different from her past romances. "I’ve never lived for long period of time with anyone, I mean, sort of, really linking my life to someone else, that has never been the way I have lived," Holland reflected to the radio program. "And it’s somewhat the way I’m living now and at my age it’s quite interesting. It’s quite a learning curve. Cause I’m in that sort of relationship now. And I’m lucky to have the opportunity to."
The actress likened her personal romantic journey to a metamorphosis frequently witnessed in nature. "Somebody once said that transformation is not the same thing as growing and if you have a caterpillar turning into a butterfly to use a banal image, the caterpillar doesn’t just grow wings and change in that manner," Holland shared. "It wraps itself in a chrysalis or whatever they’re called, and it turns to, you should pardon the expression, goo. Very messy, horrible, icky, disgusting, formless, shapeless, non—functioning, resting, growing, percolating goo, for a while. And that eventually, this completely other creature, not a grown up caterpillar, but a completely other creatures emerges. So I think that if you really break apart so that you don’t know what you want, who you are, how to function, you know… you really dismantled, there is a state where you go in that is kind of goo like and something else can form from it that can be quite different and quite wonderful . . . It has been incredible."
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