'Law & Order' Actress Saffron Burrows Reveals She Married Girlfriend Alison Balian

Burrows opens up about why she chose to reveal the news now.

ByMICHAEL ROTHMAN
December 3, 2014, 12:01 PM
PHOTO: Saffron Burrows and Alison Balian at the premiere screening of Amazon's Original Series "Mozart in the Jungle" at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on Dec. 2, 2014 in New York City.
Saffron Burrows and Alison Balian at the premiere screening of Amazon's Original Series "Mozart in the Jungle" at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on Dec. 2, 2014 in New York City.
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— -- Last August, "Law & Order" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actress Saffron Burrows married her longtime love Alison Balian weeks after the Supreme Court passed the Marriage Equality act.

The two have been together for more than six years and have a son, who was born two years ago.

Burrows spoke to The Guardian newspaper for the first time and revealed the quiet way she tied the knot.

“I always liked the idea of being with someone for a while and then getting married, but I didn’t know if I’d do it," she said. "I’m quite a romantic, I probably thought I would do it.”

She didn't say why she chose now to get married but did say, "we did elope."

"We hadn’t told anyone and then I called my mum and she said, ‘You haven’t eloped! You only elope when you’re young and in trouble!’" she added.

Burrows spoke to The Guardian as part to reveal her new life and in part, to promote her new show on Amazon, "Mozart in the Jungle."

In terms of labels, Burrows said, "For people in general, I think they should name themselves in whatever way they wish. The flourishing of the gay movement in America is clearly very necessary and the identity that people could proudly lay claim to is crucial. Lives are lost every day because of bigotry in this country. So I think that should not prevail.”

Even though she is revealing her wedding and speaking about her personal life, the actress, 42, does not believe that a public figure has to make statements of any kind.

"People shouldn’t have to make statements and their lives should be private if they want to be," she said. "I chose to speak to you because I don’t want to lie by omission and I want to be very straightforward about my life. I don’t want to hesitate and feel hindered by something I haven’t said. Also, I’m really proud of my family and who they are, these two individuals beside me. That’s certainly my proudest achievement. And for my boy, I want to be honest with him because he deserves it – but also proud."

Burrows, who's been involved with male actors in the past like Alan Cumming, spoke about how her parents gave her the strength to just follow her heart.

"I didn’t think about what I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to feel, or who I wasn’t allowed to love, and consequently I’ve loved some really incredible men and some really incredible women. There’s no coming out to do because I’ve always just followed my heart and I was lucky enough to have parents who didn’t impose any bigotry on me," she said.

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