Dẫn Chương Trình Truyền Hình Rosie Odonnell

Rosie O’Donnell is part of the new series “SMILF,” which is xuất hiện about issues facing women. " on this show is what we worked for as feminists and women – & I’m inspired as well as terrified,” O’Donnell says.

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Rosie O’Donnell is a hot-button name for many, but everyone has a different way of seeing her. She’s a stand-up comedy pioneer from the 1990s; she’s the openhearted but politically charged host of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” which ran from 1996-2002 và earned her 12 Daytime Emmys; she’s Madonna’s awesome BFF in 1992’s “A League of Their Own.” Or she’s the devil incarnate, if you happen to lớn be the current president of the United States, who’s been feuding with her for more than a decade. (O’Donnell returns the sentiment.)

But while speaking with The Envelope, Rosie O’Donnell is a woman in a new phase of her career — as Grandma Tutu on Showtime’s grounded-in-reality comedy “SMILF,” a series created by và starring Frankie Shaw as a financially struggling single mother. O’Donnell plays Shaw’s mother, a role that in many ways lets her just be herself.

You’ve had a pretty tough year or so. How are you doing?

Not good. This was a very difficult year, yes. My daughter was diagnosed with autism. We were shooting the pilot for this show on election day. … and he won & it was lượt thích the ground fell out from under me. It’s terrifying.


Rosie O’Donnell as Tutu, Samara Weaving as Nelson Rose, Raven Goodwin as Eliza và Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Birdin scenes from “SMILF,”Has playing Tutu on “SMILF” helped?

Totally. While we were filming, my ex-wife (Michelle Rounds) killed herself. That was included in the year of hell. I got the call và said khổng lồ Frankie, “You’re not going lớn believe this.” It was the most wonderful place lớn be; she really is exceptional about being open, & I think artistically she’s a genius.

“SMILF” addresses topics with an honesty rarely seen on TV. How much does that frankness surprise you?

At the premiere, I’d forgotten all the sex in the pilot; I’m not there on those days. I’m doing a wonderful show with my elderly husband and beautiful, troubled daughter, the grandbaby & my bipolar, unmedicated PTSD trauma. That’s my whole show right there . So when I did see the pilot, I was, like, “Oh, my God.”

What was so surprising?



Rosie O’Donnell(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times )Were you lượt thích Frankie as a kid?

No way! My mother died when I was 10, so I really craved the adult attention. We were, like, five kids & looked lượt thích we weren’t taken care of, because we weren’t. Public school teachers came in & parented us. The woman I got for algebra in seventh grade became like a second mother to lớn me. She took me to lớn the gynecologist when I got old enough; she was the first person to lớn say “I love you” to lớn me.

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I didn’t have sex until I was much older, and I had so much toàn thân shame. on this show is what we worked for as feminists và women — & I’m inspired as well as terrified.

About your own sex scene; how comfortable or uncomfortable was that to lớn shoot?

Not as uncomfortable as the day before, when I had the “getting ready for the sex scene.” The next day, the actor playing my boyfriend was so terrified & shaky — và I’m so codependent that I wasn’t afraid because I was taking care of him. I was nurturing him. It wasn’t as bad or as scary as I thought.

Over the years you’ve railed against gun violence, you were trying lớn warn people about Trump long before he got into politics, you were critical about the Iraq war — yet here we are today, as if nobody ever listened. Vì chưng you ever feel like Cassandra of Greek mythology?

I feel more lượt thích I’m ahead of the curve. I know all of this is true. So I just gotta wait. It’s hard lớn believe that it’s gone this far, and every day feels lượt thích the day something is going to lớn change.

As a person, are you calmer & more at peace these days?

Yes. Well, I still get enraged at injustice. I vì chưng as much as I can to lớn drop grace on people who have suffered a lot. I feel compelled to vì chưng it. When you grow up poor, middle-class … you’re always one of those people. That’s why I look at Donald Trump and think, “You’re a schmucky kid who grew up on 73rd và Ditmars Boulevard in a townhouse like everyone else, then your father became a slumlord millionaire.” He’s acting like he’s royalty, and he’s just a carnival barker, bé man. It’s so easy to see through that.