‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Star Joanna Johnson Comes Out

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Joanna Johnson was only 25 years old in 1987 when she began on CBS’ long-running soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Now, all these years later, the  50-year-old is coming out of the closet and reveals all online at TV Guide Magazine

TV Guide Magazine: With this announcement you seem to be the only officially “out” star currently in daytime soaps, even though the shows are loaded with gay actors. What’s up with that?

Joanna Johnson: Daytime is a whole different world than primetime or theater or film. There’s a greater intimacy between the viewers and the characters. They think you are your character. And that creates a lot of fear. Fear of rejection. I was so worried I wouldn’t be employable as an actress if people knew I was a lesbian. Or that I wouldn’t be believable in romance stories. I had to deal with a lot of self-loathing.


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