Lauren German (Hawaii Five-0) plays lesbian EMT Leslie Shay on NBC's upcoming drama Chicago Fire.

Chicago Fire, which is produced by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, follows the lives of a group of firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department. It premieres on October 10 after Law & Order: SVU.

Viewers learn of Shay's sexual orientation in the show's pilot.

“Are you gay?” she says in averting a co-worker's advances. “Because I am.”

At the Television Critics Association (TCA), German said her lesbian character doesn't fall into “cliches of homosexuality.”

“That's one thing I was really impressed by in the script,” she is quoted as saying by lesbian entertainment blog “It's very normal, as it should be, I think. And yeah, I think she's beyond being out of the closest. It's just like any other thing. It just is, and I like that.”

“I mean love is love and I personally would approach it no differently,” she said about playing her character.

“I've played a few lesbians and I have gay and lesbian friends and I don't think it's really any different. It's almost like asking a straight character, 'How do you play straight?' You're just attracted to what you're attracted to. It's really just playing whatever's going on in the scene.”

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