She was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska.

She came out as a lesbian as a teenager and moved to New York City where she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1991.

Peak color came to the White Mountains and San Francisco Peaks the week after. Color in the maples have shifted out of Oak Creek, although you can still see some lingering reds.

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Holloman was taller than I expected, lanky and casually elegant in her jeans and boots, and I remembered why I was an instant Tina fan the first season of the show.

After a quick jaunt to the suburbs to watch the shooting of the scene, I was hustled to a nearby backyard to interview Hailey and Moennig.

Also joining us in the van were Daniela Sea and Holloman, whose friendly chitchat was a bit disconcerting to observe.

It was as if I were in a parallel universe in which Max and Tina had gotten over themselves and just talked about the weather.

in Los Angeles to interview Leisha Hailey and Kate Moennig, it was a typically scorching October day.

The cast and crew (many of them women, unlike on many film and television sets) observed as Moennig, Hailey, Laurel Holloman and Mia Kirshner rehearsed a short exterior scene in the tony neighborhood of West Hollywood before shooting. And by “met” I mean that I tripped as I stepped into the van, nearly tumbling into her lap, prompting her to sweetly ask, “Are you OK?

Hailey patiently jotted some notes in a journal and Moennig enjoyed a popsicle while I struggled with a recalcitrant voice recorder.

But once all systems were go, we sat near a leaf-strewn swimming pool as the real-life pals talked about the journey from Season 1 to Season 5, their favorite on-screen love affairs, the loss of Dana (Erin Daniels), and even dropped a few hints about what we can expect in the upcoming season.

AE: Can you give me an example of an idea you’ve contributed that’s been incorporated into the show? KM: A few things I’ve been surprised by, but not many.