While Kelly McGillis was relaxing in the sunshine in Florida, she was caught off guard by the question: As a single woman, was she looking to date a man or a woman?
“It was like a moment of truth,” says the actress, 52, who became famous after her appearance with Tom Cruise in Top Gun in 1986. “[A reporter] asked me the question and I thought, Hmm, do I say the truth, or do I just say, It’s none of your business, which is my standard answer?”
“I said you know, I’m just going to say the truth,” McGillis said while she was at rehearsals for her new play The Little Foxes, which opens May 29 at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, Calif.
McGillis’s “truth” was a long time coming, and the answer was simple: “Definitely a woman.”
“I tried really hard not to be who I am. I tried super hard,” she says. “It was a difficult journey for me to come to terms and be whole and happy with who I am.”
“I got on a cruise … I thought the whole thing had just disappeared [after the interview], and then I got a phone call: ‘Oh my God, Kelly, you can’t believe it, it’s everywhere.’ ”
“The idea of being judged just totally freaks me out,” says McGillis. “Even though I try really hard not to care what people think about me – and that really is my little adage, what you think about me is none of my business – it does matter, and it is hard.”