On Tuesday night’s episode of Roseanne, one of the show’s newest cast members got a big moment in the spotlight. Harris Conner-Healy, the teenage daughter of Darlene, had major conflicts with grandma Roseanne over not respecting her elders — and eventually got caught trying to sell shoplifted clothing on Etsy. The moment was at times both hilarious and deeply moving, and it was a great showcase for 18-year-old actress Emma Kenney.
Fans couldn’t help but notice the ace casting decision, as Kenney looks like the spitting image of Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene, and acts just like Darlene did on the original run of the series.
Kenney told that even she can’t get over the practically eerie similarities between her and her TV mom. "It's so cool! And I love it. It's like, it's insane how uncanny our resemblance is," she said. "Not only do we look the same but I remember — I noticed it at the first table read and every table read … Everybody else was holding a script on the table just flat, and Sara and I were both holding it folded over, so we were the only ones holding it.”
In an interview with , Kenney noted that she was born two years after the show ended, so she had to binge-watch the show to get a good idea of who her character is. "It’s kind of funny, my character was technically born two years before I was even born but she's supposed to be 16, two years younger than me," she said.
The Brooklyn native is definitely keeping busy with her acting career; she has also played Debbie Gallagher on Shameless since she was 12 years old. When she’s not running from set to set, she likes to keep up with astrology, and even decides what her character’s sign is before she starts playing a character. “I pick a sign for a character that I go out for,” she said on Good Morning America. “Harris is a Gemini, but I play her with a Taurus ascendant, because she’s stubborn.”
Fans of the show will also see the return of Harris’s father, David, played by Johnny Galecki. And though she wouldn’t give up too many details about what happens, Kenney told that Harris isn’t too happy about it. “I think that Harris feels the way any teenage girl would feel if she didn’t grow up fully with her father,” she said. “I think we’ll see her going through issues — obviously her relationship with her father will be a broad issue when Johnny’s character comes back into the show.”