In her 30-plus-years career, Rosie O'Donnell has tackled stand-up comedy, Broadway, film, hosting a talk show and publishing among other endeavors. 5 the Long Island native marks a milestone: her first series regular role on television.
In the new Showtime dramedy "SMILF," O'Donnell plays Tutu, the mother of the lead character played by Frankie Shaw, who created the series, based on her Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winning short film.
An insider said of the quickie wedding: "Chelsea really wanted to get married and told Nick she couldn't imagine spending the rest of her life with anyone else.
He knew that they would get married eventually but Chelsea was dead-set on getting married immediately, so he bought a diamond ring.
She has abandonment issues because of her family situation.
She feels that everyone leaves her." alum found out about the secret nuptials, the reveal went down after Chelsea was checked into a hospital over Labor Day weekend after exhibiting strange and concerning behavior. O'Donnell called the hospital to check up on her daughter only to be informed that she couldn't have access to her health records.
“The first thing I did was I asked if we could shoot with no makeup for me. According to Rosie, self-care is one of the first things to go in someone dealing with depression and she wanted Tutu to reflect that.
“I just want it to be raw and real,” Rosie recalled telling Frankie.
“She’s the real deal and it inspired me so much to be around her and watch her run a set,” Rosie told Howard. I’m really proud of her.” Since Rosie knows firsthand the effect depression can have on an individual, she gave a note early on for how her character should look on camera."There are so many millions of people in the United States who don’t get the help that I was lucky enough to get and don’t medicate themselves in a manner that’s going to be beneficial to their long-term health, and I think that Tutu never really had the ability or the support in her community and because of her age to go talk to someone and to get the kind of help that she needs, so we will be dealing with that concept as well."Although the panel began with a joke from Showtime President and CEO David Nevins noting that time was limited so questions about U. presidents should be kept to a minimum, O'Donnell -- who was in great spirits -- didn't quite make it to the end without referring to President Trump, with whom she's had an antagonistic relationship for years.After getting laughs and good responses throughout the panel -- including to her famed impression of friend Penny Marshall -- O'Donnell expressed her gratitude, saying she hadn't been onstage for awhile and quipped that Trump has rallies for similar reasons of validation."It’s a role of a lifetime."It will also allow her to explore issues of mental illness, which she is eager to do "in an accurate and realistic way.""I suffer from major depressive disorder and PTSD, and I’ve been medicated since April 1999, right after Columbine.World events seem to be big triggers for me," said O'Donnel.