Mandi Bierly
January 24, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Q Upon being fired on Jan. 12’s Law & Order, ADA Serena (Elisabeth Rohm) asked, ”Is this because I’m a lesbian?” Who saw that twist coming?

A Rohm did. Two weeks before shooting her last episode, L&O creator Dick Wolf came to her with a proposition: She could exit the show after four years ”simple” or ”splashy” and pitched Serena’s sapphic secret. ”I always thought Serena was gay,” Rohm admits. ”He was like, ‘Shut up!’ She was passionate about episodes that dealt with gay rights from the very beginning.” Rohm says she wasn’t the only one to think so. ”All my gay friends have been like, ‘Please, she was always so tough.”’

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