Roseanne Barr and John Goodman Say They're Not Shying Away From Controversy on 'Roseanne' Revival (Exclusive)

The co-stars talked to ET about the importance of depicting a real American family on screen.

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman aren't afraid to stir the pot.

The stars of the Roseanne revival caught up with ET's Nischelle Turner at the TV reboot's premiere in Los Angeles on Friday where they explained how they aren't shying away from controversy on the show.

In the revival, Barr made her character a Donald Trump supporter, using her own real-life family's reaction to her supporting the president as an example.

"[We're] just going to show a realistic depiction of this family and, you know, they have so much in common with other American families," the 65-year-old actress told ET. "Everybody's mad at everybody so we'll find a way through and hopefully other people will too."

Goodman, 65, echoed Barr's sentiments explaining that "because things that affect families in middle America, they're going to affect us and we want to be not demonstrating but just showing how it affects a family who is living paycheck to paycheck, how they handle these things, and how much they have to forget just to get through the day," adding that "you can't" shy away from big topics.

"Roseanne and I, we have gotten older. I know it's hard to believe. But with that comes a little mellowness and we don't have to raise the kids anymore and we've got grandchildren to spoil now," he expressed.

Meanwhile, on the red carpet, Barr also showed off her stylish skirt, which was created by a fan.

"One of my Twitter followers who's a big fan of the show, she crocheted this for me," Barr shared, adding that it means the world to her. "I think, you know, it's a new kind of fashion."

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Earlier this week, the leading lady made headlines when she told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on his late night talk show to "zip that f**king lip" while defending Trump when things quickly got political between the two.

“You want Pence? You want Pence for the frickin’ president,” Barr asked, referring to Vice President Mike Pence. 

Kimmel agreed that he didn't, and Barr shot back with one last fiery remark. “Well, then zip that f***ing lip," she yelled.

The Roseanne revival debuts on March 27 on ABC with a one-hour special premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show will then air in its regular time slot beginning Tuesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

For more on the revival, watch below.


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