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This interview was conducted at the end of April, several weeks before “Roseanne” was canceled following a racist tweet by Roseanne Barr. In response, Sara Gilbert tweeted, “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love — one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”

As part of the latest season of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” presented by Shutterstock, “Roseanne’s” Sara Gilbert and “SMILF’s” Frankie Shaw talked bringing life experiences to characters and how their shows have evolved over time.