Sara Gilbert (a.k.a. Darlene from Roseanne), is all grown up and set to co-host a new daytime talk show with Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Julie Chen, starting this fall. We're told the panel of six celebrity moms will discuss and debate (to put it ever so politely), issues relating to motherhood and parenting. (Um, and yes, the premise does sound strikingly similar to Barbara Walters' The View.)
But back to our point. The show may be about mommyhood, but we all know that whenever a group of women get together, it doesn't take long before men, women, relationships, sex—you know, the good stuff—comes up. Now we usually feel a bit resentful when a celebrity suddenly turns into a love guru and decides to offer us regular folk—who haven't necessarily had the luxury of four marriages, three very expensive divorces and a lesbian tryst—some dating advice or marriage counseling. But in Gilbert's case, we'd actually be psyched to hear what the actress has to say when it comes to relationship advice and here's why:
1. She's not afraid to be herself.
Up until very recently, Gilbert stayed mum about her sexuality and personal life despite constant speculation that she was gay. But at 35, and without the typical Hollywood hoopla, Sara quietly "came out." Why now? Because she signed up for a talk show, and she knew she'd be doing a lot of talking—about herself and her life with her partner, Allison Adler, and their two children—and she wanted to be real. "I've been acting my whole life, and I've never really discussed my personal life. This is a talk show... So obviously I'm going to be discussing my life more," Gilbert told reporters. More Middle-Aged Women Coming Out As Lesbians
2. She's managed to make a relationship work, even in Hollywood.
Sara and her TV producer partner have been together since 2002—an eternity in Hollywood years! Not only have they managed to make it work for nearly eight years, but they've done it while juggling two kids and careers in the entertainment business. But what we love the most is that they really seem to work as a team. They both work in TV—one behind the scenes and other front and center—but neither seems to be the diva in the relationship. In fact, they not only share parenting duties, but they took turns with the pregnancy duties as well. Adler gave birth to their 5-year-old son Levi; Gilbert carried their 3-year-old daughter, Sawyer. Talk about teamwork! (Oh, and gotta love those original baby names!) Bottom line: Any celebrity whose relationship is still going strong after almost a decade and who has actually mastered the whole co-parenting thing, has got to have some pretty insightful tips for making it work. How To Be A Mother, A Wife—And Yourself
3. She's a smartie pants.