Brenna made a bold move on “Chasing Life” Tuesday (July 22) when she admitted her feelings for Greer by kissing her on the steps of Greer’s house. Actress Haley Ramm tells Zap2it she thinks the way the show is handling Brenna’s sexuality is unique and refreshing.
“It’s really refreshing that it doesn’t have to be this big explanation, it just is the way it is,” says Ramm. “She just owns it. It’s really cool and I’m very happy to play that character. Hopefully young poeple that are watching, if they’re going through that and they’re questioning, they can just have the confidence to be who they are.”
Part of the “Unplanned Parenthood” episode featured Brenna revealing, through a game of “I Never” at April’s byline celebration, that she’s been attracted to someone of the same sex. Sister April barely batted an eye.
“It’s cool that Brenna doesn’t have to explain herself,” says Ramm. “She doesn’t have to put a name on it. The way Brenna looks at it is love is love and you can love anyone. You can love a guy one day, you can love a girl one day. She just is who she is, it’s the coolest thing. I think that everyone could be a little bit like Brenna in that way.”
Now that Brenna has admitted she has romantic feelings for Greer, we’re curious if she will feel the need to “come out” to the rest of her family, but Ramm says no — which is another cool aspect of the character for her.
“She’s never had a ‘coming out’ scene, which is awesome,” says Ramm. “She
never has to sit her family down and tell them. She has a really great
family, they’re all very supportive of each
other, so no, she never has to.”
Ramm teases that the Carver family will definitely be interacting with Greer, to humorous results.
“Greer is around a lot and she will be spending a lot of time
in the Carver house,” says Ramm. “There are some really, really painfully awkward
scenes coming up with — [laughs] I don’t want to say, it’ll spoil it.”
Ramm also agrees that this portrayal of sexuality is a really positive thing to see on TV. “It’s really cool, we’ve come a long way,” she says.
“Chasing Life” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.