Tracie Thoms became a big name in Hollywood after her 2005 movie, Rent. In the Broadway production drama, she played lawyer Joanne Jefferson, lover of bisexual artist Idina Menzel, alongside stars such as Rosario Dawson, Adam Pascal, Idina Kim Menzel (Menzel), and Anthony Rapp.

The Truth To Be Told and Family Guy actress is now known as a versatile actress with immense experience working in television, film, and stage. According to Celebritynetworth, she has an estimated net worth of $1 million. She is a Howard University graduate in fine arts. She was born on August 19, 1975, to parents Donald H. Thoms and Mariana Davis. 


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Since 2018,  the Emmy-nominated actress has been hyped for portraying Karen Wilson in the rescue television drama 9-1-1, which has spanned six seasons as of this writing.

The show's plot revolves around the first responders, including police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, and other important service people, who work in high-pressure situations that are often chilling and distressing.

And the Baltimore, Maryland-born actress has played a crucial character in the life of one of the characters from the first responders, Henrietta "Hen" Wilson (portrayed by American actress Aisha Hinds).

Thoms character Karen Wilson is a supportive scientist wife of Hen. They co-parent an adopted son together named Denny Wilson, whose biological mother, Eva (portrayed by American actress Abby Brammell), is Wilson's ex-girlfriend.


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In October 2022, Thoms' character Karen Wilson got longer screen time and a dedicated plot. Talking to EW, she said she was "terrified' to be in the spotlight of the big explosion plot that especially focused on her character.

This particular episode also raised concerns that the character might be leaving 9-1-1 after the episode ended on a cliffhanger. Fortunately, her character lived and was part of bigger action scenes. 

But what about Thoms' relationship status in real life? Because of her increasing popularity and famous gay characters, fans have also been curious about her sexuality and dating history. 

Is Tracie Thoms gay?

Thoms is not gay. She has criticized the media for misrepresenting her sexual orientation regarding dating rumors with actress Rosario Dawson. 

As per Thoms, working together, they became great friends and have kept the friendship alive even after all these years. They are very close, which has fed a few rumors about her dating life.

There have been many speculations that they have dated one another and that Thoms could be a lesbian or a bisexual actress. But is any of that true?

Was Tracie Thoms ever dating Rosario Dawson?

The rumors about Thoms and Dawson's potential relationship were tame ones at first. However, after an apparently intimate picture of the two got out in 2007, all hell broke loose. Everyone started thinking that they were a legitimate couple.

Rosario and Thoms attended the 60th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2007. At the event, upon seeing one another, they greeted and went for a kiss.

The kiss was meant for the cheeks. However, a bad camera angle resulted in a picture that looked like they were going for a peck on the lips.

While discussing this and her lesbian rumors with Chattify in October 2011, Thoms said, "That photographer was in the perfect position because Rosario was kissing me on my cheek, and I was making a kissy face. But the angle the photographer shot it from looks like we're kissing each other on the lips."

She also had qualms about how she was portrayed in the media after the picture went viral. "They don't say whether or not I'm straight. They don't care about my orientation," she said.

Then, she clarified she was straight and bashed the media outlets for making a big deal out of a misunderstood picture without ever knowing the truth.

"Then they say, no, Rosario is straight, and she has a boyfriend. They don't say whether or not I'm straight. They don't care about my orientation! Well, I happen to be straight. If I were not straight, that would be great too. But they don't even care. Not even interested, she clarified. 

With this, Thoms effectively denied ever dating Dawson. However, unlike the picture, the interview never went viral, and many sources still think she had a romantic affair with Dawson.

Tracie Thoms with her rumored dating partner, Rosario Dawson, in October 2019.

Tracie Thoms with her rumored dating partner, Rosario Dawson, in October 2019. (Photo: Tracie Thoms/Instagram)

Her lesbian rumors also persist because of her gay roles in movies and TV. She is known to play lesbian characters very often, which might help keep the confusion about her sexuality alive.

Thoms, however, does not mind playing such roles at all. Instead, she's proud of it.

Is Tracie Thoms Married?

To anyone's knowledge on the internet, Thoms is not married. She does not have a husband anyone knows of unless she hides something big.


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She has, however, had a few boyfriends over the years. Nothing mainstream, though. The only boyfriends she has talked about are the ones she had earlier in her life.

Tracie Thoms' ex-boyfriends and dating history

During the same interview with Chattify, she recalled her worst date with a then-potential boyfriend. It was their second date, and it went horribly because of the guy's attitude.

She recalled having to pay for the dinner (and his cab ride home) because he paid for the first date and felt like he had "done his part." Thoms was all for equality, but the guy went too far.

In a conversation with Tami Roman in May 2021, she mentioned another boyfriend. This was back when she was still a student pursuing a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at Howard University.

Her boyfriend was a business major and had many companies on his back trying to get him to work for them. And he got a lot of theater tickets, including ones for Rent, something of a big deal around 1997 and 1998.

So, they went to see Rent together, and she became attached to the drama. That was what technically started her connection with Rent, which later culminated with her getting a part in the movie.