‘The Connersstar Michael Fishman says he tries to bring ‘strength and honorto his veteran character

'The Conners' star Michael Fishman says he tries to bring 'strength and honor' to his veteran character

The Connersis a show that isn’t afraid to tackle any subject, 그리고 2020, that now includes the 코로나 바이러스 감염병 세계적 유행.

The ABC sitcom returned last week and addressed the novel virus head-on, depicting what the new normal is for the working-class family based in a fictional town in Illinois.

Michael Fishman, who plays D.J. Conner, spoke with Fox News about why he’s honored to play a veteran, why he admires how the show takes on real-life storylines, and how he hopesThe Connersignites many necessary family conversations.

‘The Connorsis such a relevant show with what’s going on in the world,” 그는 말했다. “You’ll see, especially at the very beginning of [the season], how the characters in the house are dealing with the way [코로나 바이러스] makes them feel and the impact it’s having on their lives. I think people will relate.

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One of the reasons the show has resonated with fans is because it depicts a family that struggles financially, like many other working people throughout the nation, and Fishman believes even though the topics aretough,” the writers always approach it with humor.

I think working on a comedy, it provides you the greatest opportunity to explore these topics because real life is all about dealing with tough situations and finding the humor. And humor is a tension release,” he explained. “I think it’s a very human thing that we find joy in creativity and art in spite of what may be going on around us. I also think that’s how families heal and come together.

Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner. The actor spoke to Fox News about playing a veteran in the ABC sitcom.

Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner. The actor spoke to Fox News about playing a veteran in the ABC sitcom. (ABC/Andrew Eccles)

The Connersis filming without a studio audience and all COVID-19 safety guidelines are being observed. Fishman said he deeply misses interacting with the audience and gettingimmediate feedbackon jokes.

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The actor is also stepping into the director’s chair this year.

Growing up in television, I’ve always known I want to [direct],” 그는 말했다. “I’ve always shadowed the crew and great directors and asked questions and have been building up to this for a long time.

'The Conners' cast: (L-R) Laurie Metcalf, Emma Kenney, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, and John Goodman.

‘The Conners’ 캐스트: (L-R) Laurie Metcalf, Emma Kenney, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, and John Goodman. (ABC/Frank Micelotta)

One thing Fishman has been vocal about is his character’s backstory and development.

“[D.J.] is a veteran so I’m trying to incorporate some of the strength and honor that goes with that, but also what it’s like to transition back to civilian life,” he explained. “That was really important to me and still is and I really push for the storyline. I think it’s so important that we represent and honor our military [과] that we acknowledge what it’s like to have a spouse deployed. [So many families are] dealing with that every dayto have a loved one in harm’s way.

Michael Fishman, who stars as D.J. Conner, makes his directorial debut with a Halloween-themed episode airing Oct. 28.

Michael Fishman, who stars as D.J. Conner, makes his directorial debut with a Halloween-themed episode airing Oct. 28. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

D.J. is also in an interracial marriage and has a biracial child on the show.

I think is a beautiful thing. 나는 [also] have a really complex, blended family,” Fishman said. “A couple of years ago, at the end of my marriage, I adopted two kids who never had a father figure. I expanded my family in that way as my marriage was ending.

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He was also in an interracial relationship, 그는 덧붙였다.

I think all of those stories are so relevant and they resonate so deeply with me,” Fishman said. “I hope that we get to explore them more. I long for us to talk about things like transitioning back into civilian life and being in an interracial marriage and having a spouse deployed and having a biracial child and what it’s like right now with all the pressures that [exist] in our society.

The Connersairs Wednesday at 9 오후. ET on ABC.

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