Watch: 'It's Always Sunny' Star Rob McElhenney Honors his Gay Moms for Mother's Day

Sunday May 9, 2021
Originally published on May 7, 2021

Rob McElhenney's character on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" may be a bit conflicted about being gay, but in real-life the actor is a proud son to his mothers, Helena McElhenney and her wife Mary Taylor. McElhenney, who plays Mac on the long-running FXX show, retweeted a video in which his moms talked to GLAAD about how they met and fell in love 37 years ago, reported People magazine>.


"No family looks exactly the same. So proud to call both of these ladies 'Mom,'" McElhenney, 44, shared on Twitter along with the video — featuring Helena and Taylor — which was produced by the actor and his real-life pal Ryan Reynolds' Maximum Effort production company," the outlet writes.

In the video, Helena explains how she met Mary approximately 37 years ago. "And the minute I met her she was the person I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with." Mary concurs, saying, "I would go home and say, I met this woman, I just love her. I can't help myself, the blue eyes melt my heart. Then it hit, and love is love."

But, she adds, "The first several years were really, really tough, but we got through it."

To which Helena says, "If I could go back, I would tell me to not to be afraid. To be strong and know that because you are who you are and you have a loving family that they'll support you."

They officially married three years ago, Helena says. "Who you love and how you love is your business, but sometimes you need a little help."

"And don't worry about other people," says Mary. "Rely on the community for support."

Rob commented to GLAAD: "I get asked a lot about what it was like to have two moms. The truth is that it was a pretty great gift, By the standards of 1984 South Philadelphia, our upbringing was unconventional but my brother, sister and I were able to recognize early on that not every family looked exactly the same or like what we saw on television. Yet we had nothing but love and support and compassion and empathy. And I think that that allowed us to flourish."

Rob McElhenney trended last month when he was featured in Men's Health where he showed off his new ripped look.