'Two And A Half Men' Adds New Lesbian Character Jenny Played By Amber Tamblyn
With its eleventh season premiere approaching, Two and a Half Men is busy promoting new guest star Amber Tamblyn, who will guest-star as Charlie Harper’s lesbian daughter.
Tamblyn, who previously stared in the shortlived television series Joan of Arcadia ten years ago, joined the cast of Two and a Half Men in August after it was announced that star Angus T. Jones would not be returning to the sitcom as a series regular. In fact, Jones may not appear in the series at all.
Tamblyn will appear in at least five episodes as Jenny, Charlie’s (Charlie Sheen) illegitimate daughter who moves to L.A. to meet with the family she never knew.
Two and a Half Men will have the option of picking up her contract for more episodes, and, should her guest-stint be a hit among viewers, Tamblyn may end up co-starring on the show with Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer.
Shortly after her casting was announced, Kutcher spoke about working with Tamblyn at the premiere of his film Jobs.
“She’s just amazing. I’ve been working with her all week, and I’m beyond excited,” Kutcher told Extra.
Two and a Half Men showrunner, Jim Patterson, also gave Tamblyn his seal of approval recently, hinting that she may be brought on as a series regular.
“Amber is amazing. We saw a ton of girls and she blew us away. This is the first time she’s done a sitcom role and it’s like she’s done it her whole life,” Patterson told Entertainment Weekly.
Audiences are excited for Tamblyn’s debut on the popular, male-dominated sitcom, and, while the lack of lesbian characters on television could make her some sort of lesbian television icon, Tamblyn says that she doesn’t think fans should turn to Two and a Half Men for any political or social statements.
“The fact that she is a lesbian is sort of the secondary conversation. I think what makes it really remarkable is that it’s actually a female character that’s not a cliché… and for television in general, that’s not really the case. So, to me, that’s the real treat,” Tamblyn told HuffPost Live.
Patterson agreed that the show won’t be using this new character as a way to tackle political and social issues, such as gay rights and gay marriage.
“She’s proud of who she is and completely confident in who she is. She’s also looking to have fun. She’s 25 and not looking to settle down in any way,” Patterson told EW.
Patterson sees Tamblyn’s character as a way to bring back some of the crazy fun of Charlie’s character. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if she was just like her father.’ She’s a fun, hard-partying girl who loves everything her father did – including women – and has the same kind of confidence her father had. It brings the debauchery back to the show from when Charlie [Sheen] was on it. She’s going to turn their lives upside down a little bit.”
Tamblyn may be a Charlie Sheen replacement on the show character wise, but Sheen doesn’t have any hard feelings, and even offered his support to the newest addition to Two and a Half Men.
“[Sheen] gave me his number and said to call him if I wanted to chat about anything character-related… He’s always been nothing but lovely to me,” Tamblyn told Parade.
Two and a Half Men premieres its eleventh season Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.
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