Jessica Gunning Reflects on Personal Journey and Favorite Scenes from Netflix’s ‘Baby Reindeer’

Baby Reindeer star Jessica Gunning has shared her personal favorites from the psychological thriller series. Gunning, 38, who plays female stalker Martha Scott, stars alongside creator Richard Gadd, who portrays the comedian-bartender Donny.

During an appearance on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast, Gunning explained how a scene from the Netflix hit series resonated with the ‘most liberating moment’ of her life. “A big thing happened to me, and maybe I’ll just talk about it,” she said. “I came out actually in November ’22.”

Gunning added context for the scene by explaining her personal experience. “I told my family at Christmas that year, and I slept for like 10 hours at night. Yeah, because I kind of was like, ‘Oh, that’s what this has been.’ It’s been like a little secret, I guess, I’ve been keeping from myself even,” she shared.

She reflected on ‘the massive moment’ that led her to redefine her reality in 2022. “That was a mega, mega thing for me because I, for so long, I’m surrounded by gays,” she said. “Like all my friends are gay. So it wasn’t that I was, like, repressing anything. It was just that I didn’t think I could be, and I still can’t articulate it in the best way.”

Gunning revealed that her feelings became undeniable. “I realized I was a big old gay. I was like, that’s what it’s been. That’s what it is,” she told the host.

Before concluding, Gunning added, “And that was like a massive moment where everything kind of clicked. And I made sense of myself then because for so long, I’d thought — and I’m a bigger woman — and I thought maybe it was to do with, like, my size. But I felt a little bit almost alien or like I was tagging along.”

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