Sara Gilbert on why ‘The Conners’ works: ‘Not many’ shows ‘deal with the middle class and the struggles in this country’

Sara Gilbert is back for another season of The Conners and the actress feels like they have found their groove in year two.

“I feel like we’re getting our stride, understanding what the show is,” the former The Talk co-host said, stopping by BUILD Series. “You know, we had to figure out, ‘What is this version of the show.’”

ABC greenlit the Roseanne spinoff last year after a racist tweet by its star, Roseanne Barr, led the popular reboot to be canceled. Now, “Everybody seems to be in lock step,” Gilbert exclaimed. “We are excited to tell these stories and go on this adventure with this family.”

Gilbert added that it feels “important” to be telling the stories of the Conner family right now.

“There’s not many shows that honestly deal with the middle class and the struggles in this country,” she exclaimed. “I think there are shows that say the characters don’t have money and then you can’t really tell, whereas I think on our show we are really up against it.”

She continued, “You see us paying bills or not being able to pay our bills and dealing with health care, dealing with when we go up against a big company or all these things that people face in their day-to-day life we’re trying to give an honest voice to.”

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THE CONNERS - 'We Continue to Truck' - As Darlene grapples with a life-changing offer from Ben, an unexpected conversation with David turns her world even more upside down. Relationship problems lead Jackie to the bottom of the bottle at the last place she remembers being truly happy. Becky's hopes of a happily ever after with Emilio are jeopardized when Dan delivers alarming news, on the season finale of 'The Conners,' TUESDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) LAURIE METCALF
THE CONNERS - 'We Continue to Truck' - As Darlene grapples with a life-changing offer from Ben, an unexpected conversation with David turns her world even more upside down. Relationship problems lead Jackie to the bottom of the bottle at the last place she remembers being truly happy. Becky's hopes of a happily ever after with Emilio are jeopardized when Dan delivers alarming news, on the season finale of 'The Conners,' TUESDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON
THE CONNERS - 'We Continue to Truck' - As Darlene grapples with a life-changing offer from Ben, an unexpected conversation with David turns her world even more upside down. Relationship problems lead Jackie to the bottom of the bottle at the last place she remembers being truly happy. Becky's hopes of a happily ever after with Emilio are jeopardized when Dan delivers alarming news, on the season finale of 'The Conners,' TUESDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) EMMA KENNEY
THE CONNERS - 'We Continue to Truck' - As Darlene grapples with a life-changing offer from Ben, an unexpected conversation with David turns her world even more upside down. Relationship problems lead Jackie to the bottom of the bottle at the last place she remembers being truly happy. Becky's hopes of a happily ever after with Emilio are jeopardized when Dan delivers alarming news, on the season finale of 'The Conners,' TUESDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) RENE ROSADO, LECY GORANSON
THE CONNERS - 'We Continue to Truck' - As Darlene grapples with a life-changing offer from Ben, an unexpected conversation with David turns her world even more upside down. Relationship problems lead Jackie to the bottom of the bottle at the last place she remembers being truly happy. Becky's hopes of a happily ever after with Emilio are jeopardized when Dan delivers alarming news, on the season finale of 'The Conners,' TUESDAY, JAN. 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) AMES MCNAMARA, EMMA KENNEY, MICHAEL FISHMAN, JAYDEN REY, SARA GILBERT
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner, Jayden Rey as Mary, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner, Ames McNamara as Mark, and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, SARA GILBERT
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin' - In the premiere episode, 'Keep on Truckin,' a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. 'The Conners' premieres TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, LAURIE METCALF
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin' - In the premiere episode, 'Keep on Truckin,' a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. 'The Conners' premieres TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LAURIE METCALF, SARA GILBERT, LECY GORANSON, JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin' - In the premiere episode, 'Keep on Truckin,' a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. 'The Conners' premieres TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, SARA GILBERT
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin' - Actress Maya Lynne Robinson joins the cast of 'The Conners' as a series regular. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) MICHAEL FISHMAN, MAYA LYNNE ROBINSON
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ESTELLE PARSONS, SARA GILBERT, LAURE METCALF
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin' - In the premiere episode, 'Keep on Truckin,' a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. 'The Conners' premieres TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, AMES MCNAMARA
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MARQUES RAY, JAMES PICKENS JR., JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) AMES MCNAMARA
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LAURIE METCALF, JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, NATALIE WEST, SARA GILBERT
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, ESTELLE PARSONS
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, SARA GILBERT, AMES MCNAMARA, ESTELLE PARSONS
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) AMES MCNAMARA, MAURICIA LARA, ASHTON JAMES PULIS, JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars John Goodman as Dan Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) NATALIE WEST, MAYA LYNNE ROBINSON
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, SARA GILBERT
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Jayden Rey as Mary. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Ames McNamara as Mark. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Emma Kenney as Harris Conner. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CONNERS - 'Keep on Truckin'' - A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, on the series premiere of 'The Conners,' airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) AMES MCNAMARA, JOHN GOODMAN
THE CONNERS - ABC's 'The Conners' stars Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
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Gilbert, who is an executive producer on the spinoff, noted that the authenticity in the storylines come from the people behind-the-scenes.

“Pretty much I think all… the writers have working-class backgrounds, [they] grew up that way,” she explained. “Often they’re bringing stories from their lives… I think they’re drawing on their own experiences.”

Gilbert said she’s happy to be making this show after the whole Barr controversy.

“I felt like we definitely wanted the crew especially to continue on and we wanted to not let the viewers down who wanted to see the show,” she stated. “And most importantly, I think we wanted to preserve the legacy of the original show and have it continue and at that point, get the reruns back on the air an all that.”

Season 2 of The Conners premieres Tues., Sept. 24 on ABC at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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Melissa Gilbert, Sara Gilbert, and Mother Barbara Crane (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16: ROSEANNE - 'Gallery' 1988 Alicia Goranson, Sal Barone, Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: ROSEANNE - 'Radio Days' - Season One - 11/29/88, A songwriting contest unleashes creativity in Dan and Roseanne. Pictured: Michael Fishman (D.J.), Lecy Goranson (Becky), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Alicia Goranson (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Sara Gilbert. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'Gallery' 1991 Sara Gilbert, Johnny Galecki (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Sara Gilbert during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 23, 1992 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Terms of Estrangement' which aired on September 15, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sara Gilbert (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: ROSEANNE - gallery - 9/17/96, Sara Gilbert (Darlene) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parent's in Law., (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
11/04/99. Hollywood CA. Sara Gilbert attending the film premiere of her new movie, 'Light It Up'. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA Inc.
Sara Gilbert during Pediatric AIDS at Private Home in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Sara Gilbert during Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines World Premiere at Mann Bruin in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
ER -- 'Time of Death' Episode 6 -- Air Date 11/11/2004 -- Pictured: Sara Gilbert as Jane Figler (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert during 8th Annual Lili Claire Foundation Benefit - Red Carpet at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for Fusion PR _LA)
Sara Gilbert in West Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Sara Gilbert during 'A Time for Heroes' Carnival Hosted By Disney - Arrivals at Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Sara Gilbert arrives at the P.S. ARTS Annual 'Express Yourself' charity benefit held on November 4, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Sara Gilbert and Son Levi arrive at the 11th Anniversary Of P.S. Arts 'Express Yourself 2008' at the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport on November 16, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Sara Gilbert attends P.S. ARTS 'Express Yourself 2009' at Barker Hangar on November 15, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by MARK WOODWORTH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert attends 8th annual 'Best In Drag' show AIDS fundraiser at Orpheum Theatre on October 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Sara Gilbert arrives at the CBS 2012 fall premiere party at Greystone Manor Supperclub on September 18, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Sara Gilbert arrives at the season premiere of HBO's 'The Comeback' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 18: Sara Gilbert attends the 2014 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 18, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: Sara Gilbert attends CBS Daytime Presents 'The Talk' panel at The Paley Center for Media on October 26, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ROSEANNE - ABC's 'Roseanne' stars Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Sara Gilbert attends the Gersh Upfronts Party 2018 at The Bowery Hotel on May 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Getty Images for Gersh)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 10: Season 9 of the Emmy Award-winning show THE TALK Premieres Monday, September 10, 2018 2 PM ET, 1 PM CT/PT on CBS. Sara Gilbert, shown. (Photo by Andrew Eccles/CBS via Getty Images)
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