Sherri Saum, who plays one half of the
lesbian couple on ABC Family's The Fosters, says singer Adam
Lambert is a “doll.”
In the show, Saum (Rescue Me)
and Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) play a married lesbian couple
who are coping with raising three children when a wayward teenage
girl is added to the family.
The show, which premiered last month,
has generated a lot of interest and some controversy. Christian
conservative group One Million Moms attacked the show for tying to
“desensitize America and our children by promoting inappropriate
In an interview with Chicago gay weekly
Media Group, Saum called the show “groundbreaking” and
discussed meeting Adam Lambert.
“It is definitely going to be
groundbreaking in the landscape of television as we know it right
now,” Saum said. “Yes we see gay characters on TV but it is
usually not in a realistic way. We are not perpetuating stereotypes
or playing it for laughs. It is showing a depiction of a slice of
life of a family that just happens to be headed by two moms. We are
not trying to push messages in people's faces per se but we are
saying, 'Hey, this is a family and check it out!'”
She added that she met Lambert at the
GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.
“He's a doll and the nicest guy!
He's so sweet and open. My mom, of course, had to ask for an
autograph and I wanted to crawl under my seat and die,” she said.