Roseanne star Sara Gilbert talks about her on-screen son wearing dresses


Gilbert says that her character’s son Mark, played by Ames McNamara, is not a trans girl. He is a boy but he knows that it is possible not to follow gender stereotypes in choosing outfits. ” 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,” said the actress. She goes on to say that the character wears dresses throughout the nine-episode revival and a lot of researches were provided to represent the character properly. Going on, Gilbert, who is a star of the show as well as an executive producer, says she wanted to create the character as she thinks it “represents the world” in a modern, dynamic way. “I know kids like that and it seemed like a great character. One kid in particular that I know is so sweet, funny, charming, and great. In a way the character– that’s one element of the character that he dresses that way, but he’s also based on this kid I know in a lot of other ways. I don’t want to pigeonhole him and say just because he dresses this way that’s the only thing about him. 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.”


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