Quirky PRINCESS DIARIES and SAVED! star Heather Matarazzo has joined the likes of ROSIE O'DONNELL and Melissa Etheridge by marrying another woman.

The 21-year-old actress is refusing to reveal her wife's name, but admits to America's ADVOCATE magazine she's a New York theatre star.

Matarazzo was hoping to keep her sexuality a secret but she's "so in love" she felt she had to tell the world.

She tells the gay magazine, "Even drawing her a bath... makes me want to cry because I've never been so happy.

"I'm not going to throw a big ticker tape parade, like, 'I'm here, I'm queer, whatever. It's part of who I am. I embrace it.

"I didn't want to be known as a lesbian that happens to be an actress. I wanted to be known as an actress who happens to be with a woman."

The actress admits her sexuality has been a problem for her Italian mother, who is a devout Catholic, but she's beginning to accept her daughter for what she is.

Matarazzo adds, "It's been hard for her, (but she's) very proud that I'm her daughter."

21/10/2004 02:24