ADILAH’S JOURNAL ENTRY
The week of November
6, 2017, I returned to the new ABC Roseanne show that is
slated to begin re-airing March 18th. From the moment I
drove on the lot to my “personal” parking space with my name on a
stake with the Roseanne logo (albeit with a temporary sign)
and having a writer on the show walk up to me as I was getting out
of my car to say, “I remember you!” thus began a heartfelt week of
work on a show that I recurred as “Anne Marie” for 5 seasons.
I felt welcomed and
at home on our CBS Radford lot on my longest running series that I
have recurred on.
Then when I entered
the room where our table read was being conducted, the magic
continued. I was met with hugs, kisses and smiles from series
regulars Roseanne, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy
Goranson and Michael Fishman. I was also welcomed by 1st
AD Amy, costume sisters Erin and Mary, and others on the crew.
It was truly a
hearfelt time of reunion 20 years later.
We also have some
new regulars to the show and of course, my husband Chuck (James
Pickens, Jr.) returned for our episode. Fortunately, our bond has
never been broken over the years.
I was surprised
backstage when a woman walked up to me at craft services and said,
“I don’t know if you remember me or not…” When she
said her name, I immediately remembered her as a well-established
and one of the first casting directors I met in th late ‘80’s or
She went on, “I
gave up casting. My mother got ill and I got tired of 23 year olds
telling me what to do.”
I was deeply humbled
when she said,”But I need my benefits so now I do stand-ins. It
is less stress AND I am playing YOUR stand-in this week!”
I was floored and
It just goes to
I share with her
that I have used a quote of hers from when I was in her office one
day. She had said, “Actors should never lie on their resumes.”
She continued, “For instance, take a look at this resume. I KNOW
he didn’t work on that show because I cast it!”
I still use that
quote to my students to this day.
Tape day was great
shooting in front of a live audience again and that included one of
my longtime associates who I began our long relationship when she
became my personal assistant and now has been a part of the Los
Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival as a performer, screening panelist,
teaching artist, donor and now serves on our Board of Directors. She
was genuinely thrilled to bring her partner and be a part of our
live audience of a show that is very close to her heart.
When I asked
Roseanne how it feels to be back on set on our show 20 years later,
she said, “The same. It just feels like we took a month off and
Some things never