While Joanna Johnson made headlines earlier this year when she publicly came out as a lesbian with a wife and two children, she hasn’t let any of that buzz slow her down in her work as actor, writer and producer in television. She hasn’t been seen too much in front of the camera on CBS’s The Bold and The Beautiful, but she’s been plenty busy behind the camera as a producer on the new CW series, Emily Owens MD, as Co-Executive Producer.
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Since the new Mamie Gummer-starrer has a lesbian character in Tyra Granger, played by Kelly McCreary, it was only fitting that AfterEllen grab a few minutes with her to talk about what we’ll see with Tyra as well as how she has seen changes in how
Joanna who acts as a lesbian in the Bold and Beautiful said .When I realized I was gay in my early twenties, we didn.t have role models Ellen. I am not anywhere near as famous as those ladies, but I guess it.s my turn to do my little part. It.s time to live a fully authentic life..
The 50-year-old Johnson, whose longtime "The Bold and the Beautiful" character Karen has been living a secret life as a lesbian, told the TV magazine she's married to L.A. club promoter Michelle Agnew, with whom she has two children, fi-year-old Julian and Harlow, two.
Johnson told writer Michael Logan that she kept mum on her personal life for so long out of "fear of rejection" as an actress. "I was so worried I wouldn't be employable as an actress if people knew I was a lesbian," she said. "Or that I wouldn't be believable in romance stories. I had to deal with a lot of self-loathing."
On her personal life mirroring that of her "Beautiful" character Karen,
It premieres in February and is executive produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder Prods. and Joe Del Hierro of Oh Really! Prods.
The other two new series are: "Gimme Sugar", exec produced by Scott A. Stone of Stone & Co. and Michaline Babich & Michelle Agnew, which follows five women on the search for love in L.A., and the tentatively titled "Rockdogs", which chronicles San Francisco's star gay basketball team on and off the court.
"Rockdogs" is exec produced by Eddie October PRods. and William Kendall. "Sugar" and "Rockdogs" premiere in the summer.
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