When “Two and a Half Men” was a Charlie Sheen vehicle, the series was constantly criticized for being geared towards straight men and making LGBT characters the butt of many jokes. But according to Amber Tamblyn, all that has changed, thanks to her character.
Tamblyn plays a lesbian character that was initially just supposed to be on the sitcom for five episodes playing Charlie Harper’s (Sheen) long-lost illegitimate 25-year-old daughter. She was upped to a series regular while working on her fifth episode, and is happy with how her character has affected the comedy.
“It’s great to play a lesbian character that is not the butt of jokes and that is actually the one that supplies the jokes and oftentimes is not cast as the villain in a sitcom or a stereotype or any of those things,” Tamblyn says during an interview with “Running Later With Scott Rogowsky.” “I think they’ve got a lot of young, great writers and it’s kind of amazing for a show like that to go through the changes that it has and really come from being a show that was primarily for men and male-based jokes to jokes that really a lot of women and a lot of friends of mine who are gay and even transgender love it.”
Since the sitcom made the change from its former Sheen days to what is now, Tamblyn is happy with the outcome. “It’s been a really fun experience,” Tamblyn says. “I was blown away by the positive response to it. I’m proud of the work.”