Amanda Bearse (Married with children) found one of the first roles of a rebooted screen career in Universal Pictures’ history-making rom-com brothers-the first studio film to feature an all-LGBTQ+ main cast, with queer actors taking on queer roles, as well as all heterosexual characters.
She joins an all-star ensemble led by Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane, including TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Symone, Guillermo Diaz and Guy Branum.
brothers is billed as a clever, bland, and heartfelt comedy about two gay men – played by Eichner and Macfarlane – maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling toward love… Maybe. They are both very busy.
Bearse plays the mother of Macfarlane’s character.
Nicholas Stoller directs from a script he co-wrote with Eichner. Judd Apatow produces alongside Stoller and Josh Church, while Eichner-exec produces. Universal’s Senior EVP of Production Erik Baiers will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. The film is a co-production of Stoller’s Global Solutions and Apatow’s Apatow Productions, and is expected to hit theaters on August 12, 2022.
“I am delighted to be part of this project. I had no idea how deep the LGBTQ roots would be in this project [until recently]. But leave it to Billy Eichner; I wouldn’t expect anything less,” Bearse told Deadline. “He’s just so on edge, and this movie will be too. I’m glad I was invited to the party.”
Bearse is perhaps best known, on the acting side, for her breakthrough role as The Bundys’ neighbor Marcy D’Arcy on Fox sitcom Married with children. While working on that show in 1993, she became the first actress on prime-time television to come out publicly as a lesbian.
Bearse is also known on the TV side for a recurring role on All my children, along with guest starring on Anger Management, Drop Dead Diva and other series. She appeared on the movie side in Tom Holland’s 1985 horror classic fear night, Gregg Arakis The Doom Generation and more.
The actress first heard about brothers, like tapawingo— an upcoming comedy from director Dylan K. Narang, in which she will co-star with Jon Heder — prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before embarking on these projects, she had put acting on the back burner for about 25 years, both to raise her daughter as a single parent, and to start a career as a director.
Bearse knew in the ’90s that she would have to commit herself wholeheartedly to directing in an effort to “be taken seriously” at a time when “there weren’t many women behind the television camera.” She would go on to achieve great success in that pursuit, directing 31 episodes of Married with children, as well as on series like The Jamie Foxx show, Dharma & Greg, Reba, MADtv and The Big Gay Sketch Show.
After her daughter grew up and left her with an “empty nester,” she decided to move back to the SoCal area for the first time in two decades—then came up with the idea of reconnecting with the craft of acting. “I thought, well maybe I’m just going to try this and see what happens, and as long as it’s fun and exciting, I’ll stick with it. I’m just having fun acting again. It’s really been that long and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it,” says the actress. “So, it was just a great new beginning. It’s really the best way to say it.”
Bearse is represented by AKA Talent Agency and Billy Miller Management.