Sara Ramirez is known for her roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Madam Secretary, and Just like that. Ramirez met her future husband Ryan DeBolt at a Grey’s after-after-party, and there was an instant connection between the two.
Ramirez called DeBolt their soul mate. In 2011Grey’s Anatomy fans were thrilled when news broke that while on a romantic trip to Paris, the business analyst proposed and the actor accepted.
In a rare interview at the time, Ramirez opened up about how skeptical they were about the wedding. “I come from a divorced family, and that urges you to be cautious,” they said. Parade.
Despite their concern, the couple tied the knot a year after getting engaged, exchanging their vows in a private ceremony on a New York beach.
In July 2021, Ramirez announced that the couple were separating
Last July, Ramirez posted an emotional message announcing that they were separating from their husband after almost 10 years.
The couple did not divulge any other information, which is not unexpected. Ramirez is known to be extremely private in their relationships.
Ramirez dated friends and family at 18
the Just like that The actor explained how, growing up, they had to conform to dress in a certain way, which didn’t sit well with them. It was when a teacher heard them sing that things changed and they were able to start being themselves.
Cast in a musical, Ramirez impressed audiences and went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. This led to roles on Broadway and ultimately a Tony Award-winning performance in the musical Monty Python. spamlot.
The acting world allowed Ramirez to explore their sexuality, and from the age of 18, Ramirez began dating his family and close friends. It is likely that Ramirez’s husband knew about their sexual orientation before they married.
Ramirez moved from theater to television
The Tony Award allowed Ramirez to be offered an incredible opportunity to cast a role in any ABC series. They selected Grey’s Anatomy, a series they had always enjoyed watching.
In 2006, Ramirez discovered Grey’s fans like Callie, orthopedic surgeon and girlfriend of popular intern character George O’Malley. Callie’s character was not originally identified as queer. It was during Ramirez’s second season on the show that they and series creator Shonda Rhimes began to explore Callie’s sexual orientation.
In 2009, Callie Torres came out as bisexual on Grey’s Anatomy, and became the longest running LGBT character in television history. Callie is one of the characters Grey’s fans always want to see back on the show. Callie was also named as one of the best characters in a Shonda Rhimes show.
While the actor embraced the role, it was a tougher decision to make in real life. Ramirez, who identifies as bisexual and non-binary, feared an announcement would negatively affect their careers. Television and the massive exposure it brought made Ramirez nervous about coming out publicly.
As Ramirez later said, “I was afraid of the discrimination I might face not only outside of Hollywood but inside as well.”
Did Sara’s coming out have an impact on their marriage?
A mass murder at a gay nightclub in Florida has shocked the world. For Ramirez, it was a double whammy: the attack took place during the club’s “Latin Night.” As a result, almost all of the victims were Hispanic.
The Pluse nightclub shooting made Ramirez want to do something to help the LGBTQIA+ community. As a top performer, their profile could draw more attention and empower communities that needed help.
In October 2016, Ramirez came out at a seminar for homeless LGBT youth. Fervent defender of the rights of the LGBT community, they now sit on the board of directors of the True Colors Fund.
In Just like that, the Sex And The City spin-off, Ramirez plays Cynthia Nixon’s new love interest. The character they play, Che Diaz, hasn’t been popular with all fans, with some calling Che the worst TV character in a decade.
Throughout the couple’s marriage, DeBolt appears to have been respectful and supportive of his wife’s choices, and the couple had no children.
Sara Ramirez’s divorce wasn’t acrimonious
In an interview with Outside, Ramirez described the separation process as “very tender and vulnerable.”
“We had a foundation of true love,” Ramirez said. “I’m so grateful that we were able to work through this process with such grace, with such integrity, with such honesty and open communication.”
Ramirez added that they and DeBolt supported each other through their separation process. The two remained close.
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