Amanda Bearse, perhaps most recognized for her role as Marcy D’Arcy on “Married With Children,” is joining Billy Eichner and the rest of the LGBTQ principal cast in Universal Picture’s history-making film ‘Bros,’ the first studio production to be feature an all LGBTQ principal cast.
The romance comedy features Eichner and Luke Macfarlane as two gay men who meet and are “maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love…Maybe. They’re both very busy,” according to the film description.
Bearse will play Macfarlane’s mother, according to Deadline.
“I’m delighted to be a part of this project. I had no idea how deeply the LGBTQ roots were going to be on this project [until recently]. But leave it to Billy Eichner; I should expect nothing less,” Bearse told the publication.
“He’s just so on the cutting edge, and this film will be too. I’m glad to be invited to the party,” she said.
Billy Eichner was ecstatic to share the news on Twitter.
“This makes me so happy. Amanda Bearse – the iconic MARCY D’ARCY from ‘Married With Children’ – came out publicly in 1993! Even before Ellen and Rosie! I am SO damn excited to welcome her to the cast of ‘BROS’!”
This makes me so happy. Amanda Bearse – the iconic MARCY D’ARCY from Married With Children – came out publicly in 1993! Even before Ellen and Rosie! I am SO damn excited to welcome her to the cast of BROS! https://t.co/msJBlHdHCi
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 4, 2021
The actress will also star in the upcoming comedy “Tapawingo,” co-starring Jon Heder.
Bearse had a memorable role in 1985’s horror comedy “Fright Night,” but her breakout role was two years later as Marcy D’Arcy on “Married…with Children.”
When Bearse came out in 1993 while on the series, she became the first primetime actress to publicly identify as a lesbian. It was a watershed moment.
Bearse graced the cover of The Advocate, and discussed being outed by tabloids and being a lesbian in Hollywood.
“It was important for me to do this for myself and for our community because the more people who come out, the safer it will be for even more people to come out,” she said.
Bearse also acted on “All My Children,” “Anger Management,” and “Drop Dead Diva.”
Bearse also shifted focus away from acting and went behind the camera as a director. She worked on 31 episodes of “Married…with Children,” as well as other series including “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Reba,” “MADtv,” and “The Big Gay Sketch Show.”
Bearse also took some time away from acting to raise her daughter. With her daughter grown, Bearse told Deadline that it was time to return to acting.
“I thought, well maybe, I’ll just give this a go and see what happens, and as long as it stays fun and exciting, I’ll stick with it,” she said. “I’m just having a good time acting again.
“It’s really been such a very long time, and I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it,” Bearse said. “It’s just been a great new beginning.”
“Bros,” directed by Nicholas Stolle, is scheduled to be released on Aug. 12, 2022.