Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash by Robin Ector

Niecy Nash (pleasantly) surprised us all when she came “out” by marrying singer-songwriter Jessica Betts last fall. But for Nash, she didn’t exactly come out. “I went INTO myself,” she tells GO, “which allowed me to be free to return love where I received it.” Her marriage to Betts wasn’t the only thing Nash was celebrating in 2020. The actress starred in the Netflix drama, “Uncorked,” was a guest host on “The Masked Singer,” appeared as civil rights’ activist Flo Kennedy in the hit miniseries “Mrs. America,” and landed a recurring role in Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever.” 2021 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for her, too. In April, Nash hosted the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, which featured a musical performance by her wife, Betts, whom Nash introduced as “the greatest thing to ever happen to me.” As if things weren’t already pretty great for her, Nash has an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Delores Wise in Ava DuVernay’s drama series “When They See Us,” an Emmy win for her reality series “Clean House,” and a Satellite Award for her work in the TNT drama “Claws.” She’s also directed an episode of “Claws,” executive-produced 12 episodes of the rebooted “Reno! 911,” (on which she also plays series regular Raineesha Williams), and has written a best-selling relationship book, “It’s Hard to Fight Naked.” Oh, and she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Still, coming out — or more appropriately, going into oneself — is pretty momentous for anyone, regardless of their resume. “Thank you LGBTQ community for your warm, loving and heartfelt message of support and encouragement,” Nash says. “I love it here!” —RK

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