Laurie Metcalf: The gay interview

LaurieMetcalf1Laurie Metcalf talks roles on gay-inclusive sitcoms. By Chris Azzopardi

There’s no question that Roseanne, a show centered on the Conner family, was one of the most influential sitcoms of all time. Just look: Gay marriage is now as trendy as Jackie Harris’ hipster-desired mom couture.

Two decades later, meet The McCarthys, CBS’ primetime comedy about a zany sports-crazed Bostonian family. One of the sons, Ronny, is gay, and the clan’s matriarch is Laurie Metcalf, who played Jackie on Roseanne (and, in case you forgot, was outed during the show’s finale in 1997).

Metcalf recently chatted with our Chris Azzopardi about how The McCarthys — which debuts tonight at 8:30 p.m. on CBS — has made her feel like she’s “missing out” on a real-life gay son, the lesbian kiss on Roseanne that caused a stir, and her own lip-lock with a stage icon, her first time kissing a woman (she thinks).

Dallas Voice: Between HBO’s Getting On and now The McCarthys — and not counting , guest shots on The Big Bang Theory — you’re spoiling us, Laurie. It’s so good to have you back on TV.  Laurie Metcalfe:  Thanks so much. Yeah, it’s been a long time. I’m spoiled myself right now; I’ve got two wonderful projects. But yeah, I’ve been doing mostly just theater for the past six years.

Which do you prefer: TV or theater?  I have to say, I prefer stage, probably because it’s where I came up. I feel like I understand it best, and I like the immediate gratification of a live audience. You know, it’s been so long since I’ve been on a multi-camera show that it just felt like home walking back onto that set, so that was fantastic. I didn’t think one of those would come back around!

What drew you to The McCarthysFirst of all, I love that multi-camera format. It’s a very collaborative way of working, because you’re in there with the writers, and everybody is trying to contribute to making the show the best it can be on Friday nights for the audience. It’s a group effort, and I really like working that way. Then I talked to Brian Gallivan, the showrunner, who I adore. He came up from Second City, so I felt we had a little something in common. And he’s fantastic. So calm, so supportive and so wonderful to work with. [The scripts] went through so many changes that I know were very difficult for all the writers involved. He’s just a really fantastic leader and he sets the tone for the whole project, and he’s super funny.

Especially as “Sassy Gay Friend.”  When we first talked, I said I was a huge fan of that character and he’s like, “Are you kidding me?” Then we agreed that Sassy Gay Friend should do an intervention at some point on Jackie from Roseanne. Wouldn’t that be great?

Absolutely. You gotta make that happen. Speaking of Jackie, do you find it amusing that her mom style is now a fashion trend among hipsters? That sounds about right! I mean, it’s about time. We had our 25th-year anniversary [in October 2013], for God’s sake.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Roseanne’ star Sara Gilbert marries Linda Perry

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Linda Perry, left, and Sara Gilbert

“Roseanne” star Sara Gilbert is a married woman. The actress wed rocker Linda Perry on Sunday, People magazine reported.

After coming out in 2010, Gilbert started dating Perry in 2011. Perry, 48, asked Gilbert, 39, for her hand in marriage last April, and Gilbert shared the engagement news on her show “The Talk” last year. She said the pair was having a romantic picnic in a Los Angeles park when a street musician with a guitar began playing “Love Song.” Perry then pulled out a series of T-shirts, each with the words “Will” “You” “Marry” “Me” and a question mark.

On Monday’s episode of “The Talk,” co-hosts Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen told the audience about the big wedding.

“It was at sunset and overlooking the ocean,” Tyler said.

“She is off on her honeymoon and returns on [next] Monday,” Chen added.

Gilbert was previously in a 10-year relationship with TV producer Alison Adler, with whom she shares custody of son Levi, 9, and daughter Sawyer, 6.

—  Steve Ramos

Sara Gilbert splits from girlfriend

Sara Gilbert, the Emmy-nominated star of Roseanne and The Talk co-host, revealed to People magazine that she and her partner of a decade, Allison Adler, are splitting up. They have been together since 2001 and have two children together. It has been a bad week romance-wise for the the Gilbert family. Sara’s sister, Little House on the Prairie‘s Melissa Gilbert, filed for divorce from her husband, Bruce Boxleitner, on Thursday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Roseanne Barr for President?

ROSEANNE BARR X390Outspoken comedienne and activist Roseanne Barr wants to be President of
the United States — or Prime Minister of Israel. 
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright