Why we'll tune for the former Roseanne star and new talk show host's advice on life and love.
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.
Unlike countless other former child stars (Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore and Full House's Jodie Sweetin, just to name a few), Gilbert didn't let fame get to her head or cloud her judgement. Not only did she manage to finish both high school and college while starring in a hit TV series, but she happened to earn herself a degree in Art from Yale. Yeah, pretty impressive in our book. Still, we realize that an Ivy League education does not a love guru make. Though she didn't major in marriage counseling, we figure if she's smart enough to get into (and stick with—a rare celebrity feat!) Yale, she's probably got some pretty sage advice to offer.
4. She's an animal lover.
This yummy mummy happens to be a vegetarian. (And that's not just code for "I'm a celebrity who doesn't want to admit that I watch what I eat to stay thin.") Nope, Gilbert, a big animal rights activist and supporter of organizations like PETA, actually practices what she preaches. Not only do we think this little-known-fact about Sara is pretty cool, but it just makes us want to be her friend that much more.
5. OK, and we loved her as Darlene.
So what's this gotta do with relationship advice? OK, OK we admit it's a stretch. But, come on, cut us some slack here! You didn't really think we were gonna spend all this time talking about Sara Gilbert without mentioning her role as the sarcastic tomboy who dealt with a boy-crazy older sister, devious little brother, nutty parents and a roller coaster romance with the troubled nice guy, David? We have to assume Gilbert's got a little of Darlene in her and who wouldn't want to hear Darlene's no-holds-barred thoughts on romance and men?
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