Grey’s Anatomy’s Jessica Capshaw star has said how playing a lesbian for eight seasons has changed her life.
The actress has told Yahoo! she can’t believe how much good her role as pediatric surgeon Dr. Arizona Robbins has done.
‘Whether it’s people who feel like the character resonates with them and it makes their day a little easier to see themselves represented, or if it’s someone watching it who has someone in their life who is gay and they might have not understood it before and all of a sudden, they have another person or another thing to point to and say, “Oh that’s a different context.”
‘Being able to play a lesbian as a series regular on television has been enormously rewarding.’
Capshaw shares the lessons she learns from playing a gay doctor with her four children, and said her daughter has already corrected a preschool classmate who said babies only come to families with a mom and a dad.
‘[My daughter] said, in a very kind and patient way to that child, “There can be a mom and a mom and a dad and a mom and there can be a dad and a dad.”
‘I am so grateful that she will never know any different, and it will only be if she is in the presence of people who are on the wrong side of history or small-minded that she will hear anything other than that.’
As for her character, Capshaw said she’s excited for Arizona’s growth after her divorce from fellow doctor Callie Torres — and her on-screen fling with Dr. Eliza Minnick, played by Marika Dominczyk.
The show’s 13th season finale aired on Thursday May 18 and was renewed for a 14th season in February.