On her lesbian fan base: “I don’t know what the lesbian fans will like about the series; maybe the uniforms, I’m not sure. I say that lovingly, because, I have to say, my lesbian fans are the most loyal that I have ever encountered, and I’m very grateful to all of them. This character is very different from Bette [her character on The L Word]. She does not have the same kind of vulnerability that Bette has … I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to keep their tenderness intact, having spent that many years in the military. I think that’s certainly a challenge to be a tenderhearted warrior. And I think for [Major Stone] it’s been particularly difficult because she comes from a generation that, if they were to be the victim of any kind of sexual assault, it behooved them to silence themselves so that they wouldn’t experience a second trauma of being belittled or punished further for using their voice … She’s had to take on a much more masculine role probably than her mother or her father ever would have wanted for her. And she could kick Bette’s ass in about two seconds.”
On telling More a few years back she wanted to learn to play the piano and blow-dry her hair: “I started with the piano a little bit. I have to say, I’m not accomplished in any way, shape or form. I have not learned how to blow-dry my hair. What I have accomplished this summer is longer-distance open-water swimming. I’ve spent a lot of the summer swimming across different Canadian lakes … I have not gotten the blow-drying down. I would rather swim three hours in the ocean than blow-dry my hair.”
On her obsession with open-water swimming: “I got really enamored of swimming this summer. All I want to do is go swim. I’m like a fanatic looking for the next lake … I did an open-water race this summer. It was kind of crazy. I don’t take it as a race. I take it as, if I finish and I’m alive, then I deserve a finishing medal. Everybody else races. I just go, Gosh, it’s nice to swim next to you, and let’s just see if we can go a little faster, but I’m not Michael Phelps or anybody.”
On joining Twitter after much hesitation: “I had enough of my friends saying get with the program … I worked with Nathan Fillion [on Castle] ... I love his presence on Twitter. I think he uses it really well, and I think it’s a way to communicate ideas without having to ask for permission ... You can talk about things that interest you, or amuse you, or perhaps irritate you … I thought, OK, I’ll try it and see how long I can sustain it. I don’t know that I’ll be on forever, but I’ve had enough of my friends cajoling me, so I thought that I would give it a try.”
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