When “Roseanne” returns to ABC with new episodes on March 27, several new actors will join the cast, including a young boy playing Roseanne’s grandson – who dresses like a girl, including wearing a skirt. A promotional picture of the character, released by ABC, is included below.
The grandson, played by nine-year-old actor Ames McNamara, will be the son of Roseanne’s daughter Darlene, who is played by actress Sara Gilbert. Gilbert claims in an interview that the character of her son will not be transgender or gay – he just likes to wear girl’s clothes. Gilbert, who is lesbian in real life, says the character is based on kids she knows in real life, who may the same gender-bending clothes choices.
The character is a nine-year-old named Mark, played by Ames McNamara. The show’s executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is returning on screen as Darlene, explains he is not transgender, transitioning or gay.
Gilbert, speaking to Entertainment Weekly explains: ‘He’s not a transgender character. He’s a little boy. He’s based on a few kids in my life that are boys who dress in more traditionally feminine clothing.
‘He’s too young to be gay and he doesn’t identify as transgender, but he just likes wearing that kind of clothing and that’s where he is at this point in his life.’
Gilbert explains having a character like Mark in the 2018 version is important to maintaining the integrity of what ‘Roseanne’ is all about.
‘It represents the world,’ Gilbert said. ‘This is a show that’s always been able to represent the world and talk about it without being so issue-heavy. We can do it through the dynamics of the family.’
Gilbert said: ‘We did a lot of research because we wanted to make sure and do it properly.’
Mark’s clothing choices will remain consistent through the season, and there will be one episode that will address it specifically.
‘He happens to dress that way but he’s an amazing, creative, brilliant kid, which you will see, and so is the kid, Ames, who plays him,’ she adds.
Here is the first photo released by ABC of the character in costume.