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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 early ‘90’s.

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 very humbled.

It just goes to show….

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 came back.”

Some things never change…