Actress Jessica Hecht, best known for her supporting roles in “Friends” and “Breaking Bad,” was riding the subway in New York and someone was staring at her.

So she asked, “‘What am I doing that’s making you upset?'” His reply: “Excuse me, you’re my hero on that show.”

Hecht says that’s been the common response — from men and women, old and young, black and white — to her performance as the loving, emotional mother of a gay son with cerebral palsy on Netflix’s “Special.” Hecht, 53, plays Karen Hayes, overbearing mother to a nearly 30-year-old disabled son trying to live his best life and find his voice. The son is played by series creator and executive producer Ryan O’Connell.

This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series “Special. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
This image released by Netflix shows Jessica Hecht, left, and Ryan O'Connell in a scene from the series
This image released by Netflix shows Jessica Hecht, left, and Ryan O’Connell in a scene from the series “Special. (Netflix via AP)
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series “Special. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series “Special. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series “Special. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series
This April 24, 2019 photo shows actress Jessica Hecht posing for a portrait at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York to promote her Netflix series “Special. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

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