Marlee Matlin Plays Deaf Lesbian on “The L Word”

Marlee Matlin Deaf Lesbian

Marlee Matlin has joined the cast of the “The L Word”. She plays the character of Jodi Lerner, a Deaf Lesbian artist who is passionate about art and women. Jodi and Bette (played by Jennifer Beals) hook up and there are some hot scenes between the two.

According to Showtime, Jodi’s character is “an intensely talented and free-spirited sculptor. She may be deaf but that doesn’t stop her from speaking her mind, especially in the halls of the art school where Bette is the new dean and Jodi the new artist-in-residence. Indeed, Jodi is the first woman to challenge Bette, professionally and then emotionally as they fall into a fiery relationship outside of the university.”

“Audiences have never seen a Deaf woman and a hearing women in a relationship; it’s never been done on television before,” said Marlee Matlin in a statement. “This is a very interesting storyline because this happens out there but it’s never been highlighted.”

Season four of “The L Word” premieres tonight on Showtime.

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73 thoughts on “Marlee Matlin Plays Deaf Lesbian on “The L Word””

  1. When I first heard the news, I was thrilled. I love this show and what could be better than adding a Deaf Lesbian character? Kudos to Showtime and to Marlee Matlin for braving taking on the role.

  2. Loved that show! It sure touch various social issues but keep true to core issue of relationship.

    Thanks to SHOWTIME for taking this show to the next level with deaf issues. Marlee Matlin opened up the world to see what it is like to be deaf and lesbian! Way to go, girl!

  3. yea!!! BUt I dont have cable. I want to see that damn show. ::::sniff:: waaah!! Someday I’ll buy new fourth season DVD will come out later….. grrr

  4. To be honest with you, I rolled my eyes when I heard it would be MM. Why didn’t they pick a deaf lesbian for the role? MM is straight, married with children. We have many sexy deaf lesbians who could do great in the role and make it more real-life-like.

  5. I hate how the media shows all deafies to be gay and lesbian. Everyone who heres about gally is like oh they aare bunch of gays. Bad for reputation.

  6. Deaf lesbian and gay people are rarely in the media and being gay isn’t bad for anyone’s reputation, it’s a blessing.

  7. Jomas
    It is nothing wrong with that I am proud of that. It nice to see more deaf gay involving in films. I loved Brokeback Mountain and Queer as Folks and now L word. Great show!

  8. I’m looking forward to seeing how Marlee handles the role. I hope she does us proud.

    My favorite character is Shane. Oh so cute!

  9. Hand Wave to Marlee! I proud of her as play Deaf Lesbian… I have disagee with Jomas about bad reputation because Gay and Lesbian is not alway bad repuation the reason is that No two Gay are Alike and No two Lesbian are alike… Some Gay good people and some Lesbian good people… depend how their attitute toward you. If they good attitute to me then I can respect them. If they bad attitute to me then FORGET IT! As Far As Gay and Lesbian is such BLESSING to me! Hand Wave to Marlee Matlin!

  10. Jomas, I appreciate your honest response but check your internalized homophobia. What’s so wrong or negative about LGBTQQI or MM being a lesbian? It’s terrific! If people sterotype gally as queer folk- well great for them! It will show that we are everywhere, capable, and active in life (including protest!).
    MM is very respected, in and out of the QD/D/LGBTQQI world, so why would this hurt gally?
    I don’t think so.
    Any attention can bring about positive changes.

  11. Wow…MM is still one hot woman, I hope she will do the Lesbian Deaf community proud. There are a lot of hearing, straight actors playing gay parts these days… I guess we need to continue to encourage our deaf GLBT actors to continue to audition AND be out and proud. MM has a well known name in both hearing and deaf communities, so I can see why she would have an edge on other actors. All I can say for MM is…wooohooo, go for it!!!

  12. That’s cool. About time for deaf actoress, I want to see deaf gay and lebso family in program. that great and great. Yea yea

  13. Goodness, I had Showtime when QAF used to be on for the series then now the L word is here, dangit, I am gay not a lesbian! But wished I still had it so I could watch Marlee on the show, never thought she would do this but I am proud that someone who is deaf would let others in the world that there deaf gays and lesbians in the world and that there are relationships that does involve a deaf and a hearing person. I hope to somehow see this eventually. I didnt even know about this til I got the email from the PDRS group, Thanks!

  14. I asked my Lesbo friend who I know here at my office to record it for me and she said she would and she told me that she knew that Marlee will be in it soon, she said she would record it when she begins to be on the show, YAY!!! Can’t wait to see it!

  15. I was surprised that Marlee accepted the role to be in
    L Word.
    You go girl, Marlee!!
    (Hands waving)

  16. Hey folks! Can you guys just mind your own. if you like or dislike about Marlee.. she is doing her job to act on show and she deserves the role model.. I’d give her big APPLAUSE. matters of facts! She is beautiful and many things happen, you have no idea who is Marlee, beside being mother, wife, Actress. Enough with all negatives. Thanks
    ~M~

  17. I think negative opinions are fine as long as they are constructive. Personally, I’m not a Marlee Matlin fan. I’m having a hard time visualizing her as a lesbian knowing she’s married and has kids. But hey, that’s my opinion. Maybe after I see the show, she’ll knock my socks off and win me over as a fan.

  18. Marlee Matlin is my fan I always enjoy to watch her acting.
    Unfortunately I don’t have showtime :-( I hope to see the show someday.

  19. vicki
    on january 9th, 2007 at 5:04 pm
    wish I has showtime I’mlooking forward to seeing I’m closed minded waht it is a deaf and lesbian!! that there deaf gays and lesbians I like a queer as folks I hope to see the show someday

  20. omg! I Love Marlee Matlin! She’s an amazing actress. I’ve seen her in a few films and I’ve always admired her. Now she’s all about the ladies on the L-Word! as someone who is hard of hearing and a lesbian, I gotta give props to her. way to go Marlee!

  21. Nancy said,

    Way to go, Marlee!! Need more deaf lesbians actress in L Word. I l0ve to watch it. I can’t wait to see L word 4th season in rent movie.

  22. Oh boy, I love to see deaf lesbians actress this show L-word season part seanson part 4 wooooooo ….. so cant wait to watch more action in L-word movie make me thriller wooooooo.. Hey Marlee, Pls dont give up on this show so Keep cool and more relaxing see what happens wink .. I cant wait yuppie ..

  23. THANKFUL I AM GLAD I DONT HAVE SHOWTIME WHEWWWW BEC I AM VERY AGAINST  GAY AND LESBIAN  DID GOD SAY OK ???

  24. OH I love L Words and never miss the show.. been recording from my Showtime since the begining … I cant beleive MM is gonna be in L WORD eventho she is married to a man and a mom to kids .. but lets we wait and see how the movie go with her in.

    OH Please DEAFGRANDMA you are very narrow mind..
    GOD loves everyone.. God wants to see everyone to be love and respect to everyoone all kinds of people thats all nothing more.

    My 80 years old parents acceept me as lesbian.. I asked them why they just want to see me happy that is more important than anything in your life. LIfe is short! Thats what my Mom always say that to me… it is so true so dont be so harsh to others.. just be kind and respect thats all.

  25. Who cares about anyone’s sexual orientation…. as as William Petersen of CSI was asked by a female employee if he thought a certain type of sexual activity was abnormal, his reply was “what’s normal?”.

  26. I disagreed with an actress who is mother of 4 children to act as a lesbian. It’s okay for singles not motherhoods because of it may show bad influence to children who look up to their mothers as a good mother to raise children. I m sorry for saying this. I guess I am following my tradition.

  27. To Cheri and Grandma: Why are you visiting this web page? Are you a secret lesbian? Do you need some help coming out of the closet?

    Nothing is wrong with being a lesbian. And nothing is wrong with Marlee portraying one. She’s an actress. That’s her job. Many well known actresses have portrayed lesbians. Good for them.

    There are many, many well known deaf gays and lesbians and transgenders. Nothing is wrong with them. You need to get over your homophobia. All people have a right to be who they are and live peacefully. If you’re not comfortable with gays and lesbians then don’t visit this web page. This web page is not for you. It’s for us. You are invading our space by posting these homophobic comments. Please stop.

  28. I am sorry read all this but I disgree most of this I think MM is FOOL come in L word We not pleasure for this I think should other elese not MM cuz she really XXX I dislike this i think should get other ladies deaf lesbian or straight instead MM .. that’s all I say this

  29. We are privileged to be able to share in a glimpse of what life is like in another culture regardless of the differences. Hopefully these experiences will promote understanding and acceptance in future generations, if not in ourselves.

  30. thats bad repuation for marlee to play as lesbo…media is going to insult deafies in future…marlee is married and have children and thats a very bad example on children to see their mommy play as lesbo….lesbo and gay are NOT blessings!!!….it is DEVIL

  31. for allthose who are against gay/lesbian just because of “god says ok” or because of YOUR religious… remember the bible says, you are NOT to judge other people but only god can… if you judge us, god will judge you! yes right… open your mind and love anyone just like jesus does…. just bec of your opioion, it is yours… love and respect anyone.. accept for who they are…. so for who say those negative things like that… what if your children become gay or lesbian will you reject them as well??!!
    nothing wrong being lesbian or gay.. it is the choice of the person and it is their life.. mind your own busniness and life is short… be happy and be welcome

  32. im glad that Marlee Matlin is on L word but i dont have showtime :( but will order DVD later..so Deafgrandma then why u are type this website if u are against it u shouldnt be in there gosh u are very closed minded..so please be open abt .. Lesbian power is number one!!!!! God loves us no matter what. Cheri u do the same then why u type this website then u shouldnt be say anything.. its Marlee Matlin chose to want to play this part its only acting period..

  33. Hi all of you!

    The Director offered to Marlee Matlin a new movie of name is “The L word”, but She was accpeted by the director gave her a different new movie, but she had to job for that was kind of new movie is The L Word ,also she may never lesbian or may did taken a woman , because She was a straight also focus with her family all time also most time she work and home for see her family. What she did? I applause that Marlee Martin show everyone about new movie.

  34. Ding! We don’t have Showtime available. We can wait to see “The L” coming out DVD when season’s over.

  35. I m proud of MM is challenage for good job for any roles and any charcters in word L No matter to general sterotypes of deaf people for cultures for sub cultures Deaf people need jobs for movies and tv programs for deaf viewers and hearing people understand any deaf sterotypes ok smile

  36. Hey Everyone,
    I have showtime and I never miss “The L Word”. I was surprised when I heard that Marlee Matlin (and Cybill Shephard) will be playing on the show. So far MM has done a great job along with her personal interpreter Jack (I think) who is also on the show. This coming Sunday (Feb. 11) will be probably be hot scene between Jodi (MM) and Bette (Jennifer Beals) so I can’t wait to see that show!!! Usually I’m not a fan of MM but now I am since she is on “The L Word”. Hand Wave to MM & proud of her for taking on such a huge challenging role as a Lesbian Artist on the show. I know that she is married w/ kids & very supportive of the GLBTQQI communities. Thanks MM for being so open minded!!!

  37. I AM ENJOYING WATCH THE L WORD AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT DEAF LADY NAME IS MM ON THE L WORD AND HOPE SHE WILL STAY ON THE L WORD AS ACTRESS BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT SHE IS MARRIED AND HAVE FOUR KIDS BUT I WAS SURPRISED THAT SHE ACCEPTED TO BE ON THE L WORD AND PLEASE STAY ON THE L WORD TILL SEASON IS OVER THANKS AND HAND WAVE TO MM ;)

  38. I’m currently watching last seaon’s L Word on DVD. I enjoy it, but let’s be honest, it’s not real life. Maybe that is how Lesbians are in Los Angeles, but in the rest of the country, it’s different. For example, in L.A., butch lesbians are looked down on. There is a lot of pressure to be femme and physically fit. But in other parts of the country, butch women are considered HOT and nothing to be ashamed of.

    When you are watching L Word… remember it is just the hollywood version of Lesbian life, it’s not real life.

  39. To DeafGrandma,
    I’m sorry you feel that way about homosexuality. Before you jump into conclusion about the disapproval of same-sex as stated in the Bible, I encourage you to study m0re in the Bible about the slavery which was highly recognized and accepted back then. Does that mean God approve this? Think about it

  40. I WAS AT THE HOSPIAL SO I MISS THAT MOVIE OF MARTEE MATLIN ON SHOWTIME…CAN YOU TELL ME WHEN THE NEXT SHOWTIME WILL SOW IT AGAIN..LOTS OF DEAFIES DIDNT WATCH IT BECAUSE THEY DIDNT ANNOUNCED IT AT ALL…PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHTS WHAT..THANKS…EVELYN GAMSU (FLORIDA)

  41. I’m so happy the L Word is introducing a deaf character and exposing the complexities of forming a new relationship between a deaf and hearing individual. I’m not too happy about the choice of actress for the deaf character. Marlee is already a recognizable deaf actress in the hearing world. While her entrance on the L Word is really helpful for the image of lesbians (anyone can be a lesbian, you may be surprised) not so helpful for gally. It may seem to the hearing world that the only deaf woman on TV is Marlee, we need to see a variety of faces representing gally.

  42. I don’t have Showtime. I’m wondering how well she is performing in the role. I have a hard time imaging Marlee as a Lesbian. I agree with the last comment that it would have been best to choose someone else, a lesser known face, for the role. It would be more believable.

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