Q & Andy: Roseanne Barr

Published March 27, 2018

CAST GALLERY SHOT NOV. 18, 1988 ROSEANNE BARR; SARA GILBERT; LECY GORANSON; MICHAEL FISHMAN; JOHN GOODMAN TALENT: ROSEANNE BARR; SARA GILBERT; LECY GORANSON; MICHAEL FISHMAN; JOHN GOODMAN PHOTOGRAPHER: ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES. CREDIT: ABC SOURCE: AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Although she’s best known for the sitcom that bears her name—it ran for nine groundbreaking seasons and was the most-watched television series of 1989 and 1990—the Emmy-winning actress has also found time to do other things, such as operate a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii and run for president in 2012. As she gears up for Roseanne’s much-anticipated tenth season revival, the button-pushing comedian answers some questions from the writings of Warhol.

ANDY WARHOL: What did you have for breakfast?

ROSEANNE BARR: Coffee, eggs, tortillas, and my homemade hot sauce—the best in the world.

WARHOL: What was your first job?

BARR: I was a babysitter and a kindergarten camp counselor. I like little kids. They’re on my intellectual level.

WARHOL: When do you get nervous?

BARR: For starters, when the word “nervous” comes up.

WARHOL: What are your beauty secrets?

BARR: If I told you, the secrets would be out. Everybody would be beautiful, and then nobody would be beautiful.

WARHOL: Is there anything you regret not doing?

BARR: Eating more cake.

WARHOL: What is your greatest fear?

BARR: Having to listen to blowhards yap so I can get a job.

WARHOL: Do you go out at night?

BARR: Now and then, for a nice meal — occasionally for a few drinks and some raucous dancing, especially if there’s live music I can relate to.

WARHOL: Do you dream?

BARR: I dream — no shit — about bombing in front of an audience or flying over people’s heads as they look up at me in shock.

WARHOL: Do you feel frustrated with the way things are now between men and women?

BARR: No, but I am frustrated with the way things are between women and other women. It never seems to get better — we’re always at each other’s throats.

WARHOL: Why can’t it just be magic all the time?

BARR: Then it wouldn’t be magic, would it?

WARHOL: What are you most proud of?

BARR: My humility.