Sally Field, currently getting Oscar buzz for her performance in the new film Lincoln, talked about more than the movie during an appearance on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show to air Monday (20 November).
Field shared with Couric her pride in being introduced by her gay son, Sam Greisman, when she was presented with the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award last month in Washington DC.
‘For me to do it, I had to talk about Sam,’ says Field. ‘I felt those were Sam’s issues and Sam’s life and his own private business. And he wanted me to do it, and they asked him to introduce me.’
Greisman, 25, is the youngest of Field’s three sons and told the crowd that night of his mom: ‘When I came out, she didn’t bat an eye. In fact, she was overjoyed. Being gay was just one more thing she loved about me. She couldn’t be more supportive of me.’
Reflecting on that night, Field tells Couric: ‘One of the most important things in my life is that my son introduced me and he hit it out of the park. He wrote the speech, and he delivered the speech, and he was absolutely fabulous. Funny and in his own voice, and of his era, which I think is important – It’s a whole different era, his generation.’
‘For me to watch him do that and own himself and be so cute and so funny and so smart,’ she adds. ‘There’s that word ‘cute.’ But somehow it fits for how great and important and appealing he is as a human being.’