Rosie O'Donnell hasn't been doing many acting gigs lately, but she'll appear on Showtime's Queer as Folk for three episodes. O'Donnell, long a fan of the gay-themed drama, called the show's producers to request a role on the program, the cable channel said Tuesday. Her first episode will air Sunday (10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific). The former talk-show host plays an abused woman who works at the local diner and falls for her mentor, played by Sharon Gless.
As one of the few TV programs to give gay issues the spotlight, Queer as Folk is clearly near to O'Donnell's heart. She and Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell, who were married in a civil ceremony February 26, 2004, in San Francisco, are raising four children together and are strong advocates of marriage equality and adoption by same-sex couples. O'Donnell, 43, has been busy writing a blog and running a cruise business. She backs the R Family Vacations cruise line, billed as the first to cater to gay and lesbian families. (AP)