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Sally Field is proud to be the mother of a gay son who wished she was ‘a little less supportive’ when he came out

Coming out as gay as a teenager was difficult for Sally Field’s son, Sam. But thanks to the support of his mother, he was able to evolve. Years later, Sam would reveal that he wished his mother was less supportive.

Sally Field is a talented film and television actress who has racked up countless credits on various projects over her decades-spanning career. In the face of all this, she feels proud of her accomplishments, but nothing fills her with more satisfaction than being with her children.

The actress is a doting mom of three sons, whom she shares with two men. Field’s first two sons, Peter, a novelist, and Eli, an actor and director, were born to her and her first husband, Steven Craig, during their seven-year marriage, which ended in 1975. .

Sally Field attends the premiere of HBO’s ‘Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty’ at The Theater at Ace Hotel on March 02, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Then, the movie icon welcomed her youngest son, Samuel Morlan Griesman, with her second husband, Alan Griesman, on December 2, 1987. Although the three men are adults, they maintain a close bond with their mother.

Many can attest to the closeness between Field and his sons, one of whom is the actress and TV director’s longtime friend, Tricia Brock. Brock once revealed that when she and Field go out to dinner, the latter always keeps her phone on the table in case one of her sons calls.

According to the television director, the ‘Forrest Gump’ star will answer any call from his children at any time. Here are more details about Field’s relationship with his sons, especially the youngest, Samuel.


Sally Field, Sam Griesman during USA Network Celebrate US Open at Arthus Ashe Stadium in New York, New York, USA. | Source: Getty Images

Samuel, better known as Sam, was just 19 when he came out as gay, and since then Field has been by his side, giving him all the support he could imagine.

From the confusing times of his teenage years to the anxious times he experienced throughout his life, Sam had the most supportive mother. Over the years, Field has been open about her son’s sexuality, including his reaction to his first outing.

Sally Field and her son Samuel Greisman attend the Actors Fund Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis on 05/08/2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

During a 2016 chat session on EW Radio Town Hall, the actress confessed that it was hard for Sam to get used to his identity as a gay man at first. However, with her help, the young film producer finally discovered his true self. According to Field:

“I welcomed him to welcome himself and rediscover this part of his life.”

Sally Field and her son Samuel Greisman attend the 67th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

While speaking, the actress also advised parents who felt like their child was about to talk to them to look on the bright side. In his words:

“First of all, don’t be afraid. And don’t put your own biases or fears about sex – your own fears about sex – onto your children.”

Actress Sally Field and her son, Sam Greisman attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Field further noted that it was horrifying that there were parents who disapproved of gay sexuality and were brainwashed into thinking it was ungodly or unnatural. According to the actress:

“It’s not unnatural if nature actually did this. Sam has always been Sam, this wonderful human that he is, since he was born.”

Actress Sally Field and her son Sam Greisman arrive at the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

Field also admitted he was sad that some parents kicked their children out of the home when they were young. Luckily, she wasn’t one of them, which made Sam grateful to his mother.

In 2012, he presented Field with the Ally for Equity award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala, and during that gala Sam raved about his mother’s acceptance of his sexuality. The producer said:

“When I walked out, she didn’t bat an eyelid. In fact, she was ecstatic. Being gay was just one more thing she liked about me. A little less supportive of me.”


Sally Field of ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’ speaks onstage during the AMC Networks portion of the Winter 2020 TCA Press Tour on January 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California. | Source: Getty Images

Field’s support for Sam goes beyond mentioning him in interviews. The actress went so far as to prove she could play matchmaker for Sam. In 2018, Field made headlines after she tried to set up a date with her crush and skater son. Olympic artist, Adam Rippon.

It all started in February 2018 when Sam had a text message conversation with Rippon and shared it with his mother. After seeing the texts, Field thought the Athlete was “incredibly pretty” and gave Sam some dating advice, asking her to find a way to meet the Athlete.

Sam shared his mother’s response on Twitter and was careful not to reveal who they were talking about. However, Field decided to go further. She retweeted Sam’s tweet and addressed it directly to the figure skater.

A few days later, Sam sent a direct message to Rippon, apologizing for his mother’s actions. The athlete accepted the apology, and later offered Sam and his mother tickets to “Star on Ice,” which was set to debut in April 2018.

But Sam didn’t have to wait that long to meet the figure skater, as they met a month prior at the Human Rights Campaign’s Los Angeles gala.

A few years later, Sam is now an aspiring filmmaker and could be in a relationship as he is often seen hugging a particular man in photos on Instagram. Before his rumored current relationship began, the aspiring filmmaker was dating Armand de la Torre.

According to Heavy, the duo only started appearing on each other’s Instagram pages in 2019. Meanwhile, Sam’s older brothers already have families of their own. Peter is a doting father of three children, Isabel, Sophie and Golden, whom he shares with his two ex-wives, Amy Scattergood and Jennifer DeFrancisco.

Eli has been married to his wife, Sasha Craig, since 2004, and the couple love parents of two, Noah and Colin, making Field a grandmother of five. The actress adores her grandchildren as much as she loves her children and enjoys spending time with them.


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