VIDEO: Broadway's Judith Light Talks WHO'S THE BOSS Co-Star Danny Pintauro's HIV Revelation
As BWW reported yesterday, Danny Pintauro revealed on Saturday's OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? that he is HIV-positive. In an interview with Fox 5 NY, Broadway star Judith Light, who portrayed Pintauro's mother Angela on the 1980's sitcom WHO'S THE BOSS, spoke about the revelation and shared that she has been advising him since he first publicly announced he was gay in 1997.
"He has kept me informed all the way along," says Light. "When he was talking about coming out because he was going to be outed ... he called ... and I said, 'Danny, I think you need to have a conversation with Herb (my longtime manager) about how to do this. They're going to out you so you should be talking about how you want to handle it with the press.'"
Asked if she is worried about the actor's HIV-positive diagnosis, the actress shares, "No, I wasn't worried because I knew he was taking responsibility for it, and I knew that he was taking care of himself. And you could see how well he's doing."
Watch the interview in full below
Judith Light was awarded her second back-to-back Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for The Assembled Parties in 2013. She also starred in Other Desert Cities in 2012 for which she won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in 2011, for starring in Lombardi. Light's television career began with her two time Best Actress Emmy turn on "One Life to Live", followed by the comedy series, " Who's the Boss." She played Claire Meade in the Emmy winning ABC series, "Ugly Betty" and was Emmy nominated for her performance. She is currently on the groundbreaking new Amazon Studio's series, "Transparent" which premiered the entire first season for binge watching on September 26, 2014. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA, Judith has worked in repertory theaters throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a USO Tour of "Guys and Dolls" performed throughout Europe.
Judith has been an activist in relation to many causes, especially fighting the AIDS pandemic and championing equal rights, including: Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, The Names Project/The AIDS Memorial Quilt, CDC's Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS, Project Angel Food, the Hunger Project, the Matthew ShepardFoundation, the National Aids Memorial Grove, Drama League National Advisory Council, the Trevor Project, FCNL and many others. She has also been a longtime board member of the Point Foundation that gives scholarships to LGBT youth.