An actress on a long-running soap opera has revealed that she’s a lesbian, TVGuide.com reports. The revelation comes at the same time that her television character is also about to be revealed to be gay.
The actress is Joanna Johnson, who plays Karen on CBS’s "The Bold and the Beautiful." Johnson was an original member of the “B&B” cast when it debuted in 1987; back then she played Caroline Spencer, who went on to marry Ridge Forrester. Johnson left the show when Caroline died of cancer, but later returned to play Karen, her twin sister.
Johnson told TV Guide: "When [executive producer-head writer] Brad Bell called and pitched the story I was kind of thrown. I just said, ‘Oh.’ And there was this very long pause. Then I said, ‘Where’d you get that idea?’ He laughed. I laughed. And I said, ‘Just make sure you get me a hot wife.’ And he did!"
In the weeks ahead on the soap, Karen will reveal that she is in a committed relationship with another woman, Dani, played by Crystal Chappell, who received an Emmy nomination for her role on "Days of Our Lives" last year.