Laurel Lisa Holloman is an American painter and actress. She is best known for playing Tina Kennard in The L Word.
Holloman is the youngest child in her family. She has two older brothers. She attended the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a degree in Performance Communication. She appeared in numerous theater productions in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as in Chicago and London. She studied painting and sculpting at UCLA and at The San Francisco Art Institute.
Holloman married architect Paul Macherey on July 13, 2002. They have a daughter, Lola Reiko Macherey, who was born on November 4, 2004. They adopted a second daughter, Nala Belle (meaning ‘beautiful gift’) on March 25, 2008. In 2011, Holloman filed for divorce, which was finalized on June 18, 2012.
In the past Laurel identified as bisexual but her sexual identity evolved over time. In an interview with Diva Magazine she said: “Thing is, I know that by backing off that label, it could look like I’m afraid. But, as an older woman I’m very clear about my sexuality. I’m more solid in my identity, I never question it. But I’m also a very open person, maybe naively open… I’m comfortable in my skin. I don’t need a bunch of smoke and mirrors. I consider myself straight, I guess, but… I hate that label too. I hate all labels!”