Rosie O’Donnell Dishes On Joining ABC Family’s The Fosters For Guest Arc

Rosie O’Donnell is heading to ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” and she told Access Hollywood how it happened.

“Well I love the show and my daughter, Vivian, and I have watched every single episode,” Rosie told Access Hollywood at the Rosie’s Theater Kids 10th Anniversary Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on Wednesday evening.

“It’s a great show and she watches a lot on ABC Family and when that one came on we were thrilled. And she said, ‘This is great. Finally a show like our family with a bunch of different kids from different ways and two mommies.’ So she loves it and I love it too and I [realized] that Peter Paige created it and I know him really well from ‘Queer as Folk’… so I wrote him a congratulatory little e-mail and he said, ‘Hey! Would you like to come do some?’” Rosie recounted.

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And of course, being a fan, she said yes.

“I said, ‘In a heartbeat!’ So I’m gonna play a social worker who runs a transitional housing for kids in foster care. When they’re 18, they age out and one of the Foster kids has run away at the end of the Season 1 and so I think that we end up in the same place,” she added.

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As previously reported on, Rosie will play Rita Hendricks, described by the studio as, “a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and becomes a mentor to a member of the Foster family.”

“The Fosters” stars Teri Polo as Stef Foster and Sherri Saum as Lena Adams Foster, a couple with a big family.

-- Jolie Lash

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