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The Conners Sara Gilbert and Ames McNamara Talk Virtual Learning, Dream Guest Stars & New Episode

The Conners Sara Gilbert and Ames McNamara

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If you’ve been watching “The Conners” you’ll know that they tend to address real life situations in the show such as the pandemic, inequality, family life and more. I had the pleasure of talking with “The Conners” Sara Gilbert and Ames McNamara in an exclusive virtual interview about some of these situations along with dream guest stars, the new episode and this is what they had to say.

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Virtual Learning

Ames can relate to everyone going through the struggles of virtual learning as it’s not the same as in person learning because his character Mark and himself are going through it too. “From Zoom calls to computer glitches, Zoom Fatigue is a thing”, Ames McNamara says but he feels lucky to have amazing teachers to help him get through it.

Ames mentions that the hardest subject to learn during virtual learning would have to be another language. He is taking French right now with a native French speaker and says it’s harder to learn online. “There’s something about being in person, and face to face, and just being able to talk in a classroom that makes learning a language and when you’re speaking back and forth a lot easier”, says Ames McNamara.

A struggle subject for Sara would be history and laughs as she says that her kids don’t even come to her. She mentioned that one time her daughter was trying to ask for help with something, and they just started laughing because she understood it way before Sara did.

One fun fact about is that Ames has the same teacher that Sara had when she was on the original Roseanne show. The only difference is that Sara did whatever she could go get out of school and Ames is the complete opposite and excited to get back to class. Sara also mentioned that Ames is the best student she’s ever met.

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Dream Guest Stars

There have been a ton of amazing guest stars this season Fred Savage, Pat Oswald, Brian Austin Green and more. A dream guest star for Ames would be Lin-Manual Miranda. “He’s
someone who I think is a really amazingly creative person, and would be great to meet him and maybe get a chance to talk to him, and see how he works, and stuff like that.”, says Ames.

Sara can think of a million people but would love to have Judi Dench and Octavia Spencer but has actually been trying to get Lisa Kudrow on the show forever. She thinks she would be funny on the show and we have to agree and make this happen.

Sara Gilbert and Ames McNamara

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New Episode: Cheating, Revelations and A Box Of Doll Heads

In the upcoming episode called (airing Wednesday, April 21 at 9/8c on ABC), Mark is stressed and exhausted from studying for an important entrance exam so Darlene steps in to help, but her plan backfires. Both Sara and Ames have dealt with these issues firsthand in their personal lives as well, so we’d love to have an engaging conversation about the series and how the show is depicting life’s new reality.

Ames mentions how this episode will address these real life situation showing that it just doesn’t effect kids but everyone in the family.

Sara agreed with Ames and also mentioned that it shines a light on the inequities in our country such as seeing how people with less means were struggling and putting a spotlight on that widening the divide between people who have more and people who have less. “I really like is that this episode talks about how unfair that is, and that it’s really not a level playing field, and how much stress that causes a parent who just wants the best for their kid.”, Sara Gilbert says.

The Conners Sara Gilbert and Ames McNamara interview

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Don’t miss “The Conners” WEDNESDAYS (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET) on ABC!

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“The Conners” follows America’s favorite family as they continue to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford. Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. will continue to grapple with parenthood, dating, financial pressures and aging in working-class America. Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails. The series stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Jay R. Ferguson as Ben. “The Conners” is executive produced by Tom Werner, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. The series is from Werner Entertainment.


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