Aug. 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM ET
CBS' "Two and a Half Men" has found Charlie Harper's long-lost daughter.
"House" alum Amber Tamblyn has been tapped to join the Chuck Lorre comedy as a recurring guest star for season 11, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The "Joan of Arcadia" star will play Jenny, the illegitimate lesbian daughter of Charlie (Charlie Sheen), who moves to L.A. to pursue acting and connect with what's left of her family. She likes everything her dad liked — including women. Tamblyn will recur in at least five episodes of the CBS comedy, with an option to become a series regular.
Speaking to reporters in July at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, where he was supporting his upcoming Anna Faris comedy, "Mom," Lorre said the addition of a lesbian character will change one major aspect of "Men." "I think it would be great to have a voice on the show from a different perspective," he noted. "The show has had enough testosterone to last a lifetime." Lorre added that the addition has allowed the writers to create a character who can stand toe-to-toe with Men's stars.
"Part of the fun in this has been creating a character that is equal to the task of stepping on the stage with Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher. That's a big job," he said. "The idea of the character brings a healthy amount of decadence, which is always fun on 'Two and a Half Men.' "
CBS renewed "Men" in April for an 11th season, with Angus T. Jones' role reduced to a recurring status as the 19-year-old attends college — something that Lorre champions, as the young actor has spent more time on a TV set than at school.
"It's really commendable that he wants to make that the next part of his life," Lorre said, acknowledging Jones' controversial remarks aimed at the show that made him a star. "He misstepped last year, and it's just not fair to judge him on that. I certainly hope he comes back from time to time. But for now he's embarking on a new life."
Tamblyn most recently starred in CBS' "Anatomy of Violence" drama pilot from the creators of "Homeland." It was passed over in May. Her credits include episodes of "Portlandia" and "Inside Amy Schumer" as well as "127 Hours," "Django Unchained" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" movies.
She's repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane Offer.
"Men" returns Sept. 26 on CBS.