Sara Gilbert, executive producer of the new Roseanne reboot, spoke about the young character, Mark, Roseanne Conner’s grandson. Ames McNamara plays Mark, who likes to dress in clothes traditionally worn by girls.
Gilbert told Entertainment Weekly that viewers should not make assumptions:
I don’t want to pigeonhole him and say just because he dresses this way, that’s the only thing about him. He happens to dress that way but he’s an amazing, creative, brilliant kid, which you will see, and so is the kid, Ames, who plays him.
Gilbert, who plays Mark's mother Darlene, wanted to create a character that "represents the world.” The actress says the character is based on kids she knows who have decided to dress in non-traditional clothing.
Bringing the character of Mark into the Connor family opens up the opportunity to examine social norms with humor.
This is a show that’s always been able to represent the world and talk about it without being so issue-heavy. We can do it through the dynamics of the family.