ABC Has More Gay and Trans Characters Than Any Broadcast Network. But Can It Still Be Homophobic?


“I don’t think ABC is homophobic. But it’s a very delicate issue because someone who is very talented was let go. I find it hard to believe [that it’s homophobia], though, because my character is still maintaining her sexual exploration and is, in fact, right now starting to pursue something with another woman named Arizona Robbins [Jessica Capshaw]. The network has made a lot of statements in regard to why she was let go. … I guess everybody has to decide what they believe.” — Grey’s Anatomy actress Sara Ramírez, who plays Callie, on the firing of actress Brooke Smith

Daily News: Your character, Callie, has dated both men and women on the show. Who is your favorite love interest so far?

Sara Ramírez: “Oh my God! Honestly, I am going to say George [Knight]. I think I say that because that’s how they brought me into the show, and as an actor, I have a very sensitive and emotional attachment to how I first came on. It was also romantic how George and Callie’s relationship first started. It was quirky, but difficult, and there were issues.”

DN: How did you react when you found out your character was going to become a lesbian?

SR: “I was excited that they decided to go down that road because I’m a big supporter of the GLBT \[gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender\] community. So it fits me just fine. I love challenging the status quo. I grew up in New York for God’s sake — the most diverse city in the world, and Callie, she’s a part of that!”

DN: Have you received any hate mail for playing a lesbian?

SR: “Yes. I received a letter of disappointment from a Callie fan who said she will no longer be watching the show because Callie went down that road, and that made me sad. But in my family, my aunts are Catholic, and they watch it and are so supportive! I’m not one to tell people what to think, but I would like to encourage people to open their hearts because it’s 2009, and we’ve elected an African-American President. Come on guys, let’s get over it.”