Rosie O’Donnell is putting talk shows on pause while she returns to her “first love” of acting.
“I’ve been very lucky in my career,” the former “View” host told Page Six at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday. “I’ve been very lucky with ‘SMILF.’ I think it’s an amazing show, and it’s very sad that it ended too quick, but it reminded me how much I do love acting.”
In April, Variety announced that O’Donnell, 57, joined the cast of the upcoming HBO limited series, “I Know This Much Is True,” based on the novel of the same name by Wally Lamb. In the drama, she will play social worker Lisa Sheffer.
“Getting this big, meaty, non-funny role has been very exciting,” O’Donnell said of the part.
The actress was at the GLAAD Media Awards to give the Advocate for Change Award to Madonna, whom she starred with on “A League of Her Own” — a film O’Donnell said her 19-year-old son, Blake Christopher, just saw for the first time.
“My son was at a party, and he comes home and he goes, ‘Mom, I saw you on TV. You were in a baseball game, and you were a teenager,’” the mother of five shared. “I’m like, ‘Honey, that was my first movie. I was not a teenager. I was 29 years old.’”
She added, “My kids think it’s funny. They don’t know any of the movies I’ve been in.“
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