Emma Kenney’s TV mom Sara Gilbert is sending her love after Kenney revealed to In Touch that she’s seeking treatment for unspecified “battles.”
The 18-year-old actress, who has starred on the hit Showtime series Shameless since 2011, told the magazine earlier this week that she decided to seek treatment after “running with a really fast crowd” and making decisions that “[weren’t] healthy,” realizing she was on a “slippery slope that [she] did not want to go down.”
Gilbert, who plays Kenney’s mom Darlene Conner on the Roseanne revival, has expressed her support for the young actress and her decision to seek treatment.
On her daytime talk show The Talk, Gilbert, a former child actor herself, addressed the camera and said, “I first want to say, Emma, I’m so proud of you. I know that the whole cast and crew are so proud of you. And it takes a lot of courage to — we have a lot of demons — it takes a lot of courage to face them, particularly at 18. I envy you.”
Sara Gilbert went on to add that it was a decision she wished she had made when she was Kenney’s age.
Gilbert’s co-hosts Eve and Sharon Osborne also spoke in support of Kenney and others in her generation who have been vocal about their decisions to seek treatment.
In her statement to In Touch, Kenney revealed that she was speaking out about her decision to send a positive message to fans about asking for help. She said, “I just want to send a message to my fans saying that it’s OK to admit that you need help, and it doesn’t make you weak. I know I’m making the right choice by going to treatment, and I’m going to come out the other side the right Emma, the true Emma that I’ve always been.”
We’re so glad Emma’s taking the time to take care of herself and get the treatment she needs! And we’re so happy to see Sara Gilbert, and her fellow Roseanne co-stars, supporting her.