Sara Gilbert is in Emma Kenney's corner, expressing her unwavering support to her onscreen daughter who is seeking treatment for her undisclosed problems.
The 43-year-old Roseanne actress spoke up about Kenney on The Talk last Thursday, April 12.
Gilbert Praises Kenney's Courage
Gilbert, who also cohosts the The Talk, begins by telling her onscreen daughter how proud she is of her for taking the initiative in getting better, adding that the entire Roseanne cast and crew are proud of their costar.
"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," Gilbert says, according to a report from People. "If I could go back to being 18 and start doing things to better myself at the pace you're doing, I would be a better person today."
Kenney, 18, recently talked to In Touch about her struggles with coping with stress and anxiety. It led to the young actress running in fast crowds and engaging in activities that she describes as illegal.
Now, Kenney says she's temporarily stepping away from the Hollywood scene while she recovers.
hello & goodbye (for a bit) ive decided to take a break from social media and LA for a minute. this sounds so cliche but this town/industry can really get to you. going to re-find my peace happiness xo emma pic.twitter.com/6OWCDNrAW0 — Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) April 9, 2018
"I commend you, I love you and I know you will come out the other side," Gilbert continues. "Thank you for speaking up and being an example for other people."
The host and actress also encourages people in the same boat as Kenney's to seek help for their problems, pointing out that it's nothing to be ashamed of.
Gilbert On 'Roseanne'
While Kenney is currently taking some time off from the Hollywood scene, she is slated to be back in the newly ordered season of the ABC revival of Roseanne.
The show is both widely watched and extremely polarizing with a political slant that is controversial in today's social climate. There's no denying the success of the show in ratings, though, a fact that the cast appreciates whole-heartedly.
Gilbert, who was just 13 when she was cast in the original run of Roseanne, got emotional when she talked about the successful premiere of the revival last March.
"I could cry now just thinking about it," Gilbert admits in Entertainment Tonight. "It's been so many years. You know, it's my childhood ... it's just amazing to watch."