Actress Maria Bello, known for her roles as a beautiful but gritty lover in movies like A History of Violence or Pay Back, has said she’s in a romantic relationship with a woman in an OpEd printed in the New York Times last week. Her words are beautiful, and her sentiments are powerful.
At no point does she label herself as a lesbian, in fact she seems to struggle with labels throughout the piece, but she explains the feelings she is having, and her process of explaining it with her young son. Here’s a sample when Bello mentions coming out to her conservative family, but you can (and should!) read the entire article here.
My feelings for Clare aren’t the same as the butterflies-in-the-stomach, angst-ridden love I have felt before; they are much deeper than that. As we grew closer, my desire for her grew stronger until, after a few months, I decided to share the truth of our relationship with my large, Italian-Polish, “traditional” Philadelphia family.
My father’s response came between puffs of his cigar while we sat on the roof of a casino in Atlantic City. “She’s a good girl, good for you,” he said. My mother and family echoed his sentiments. Maybe they weren’t so traditional after all.