Tomorrowland Super Bowl Teaser! #Tomorrowland

While you’re watching the Super Bowl this Sunday – rooting for the Seahawks, of course! – make sure to watch for an exclusive first look of Tomorrowland which will be airing during the big game. This new, star-studded movie from Disney will be coming out in May and I can’t wait to see more!

All-Star Academy Coming to Food Network in March

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I’ve been watching more cooking competitions lately, and I’m always impressed to see what dishes people can whip out of thin air under such pressure. The Food Network is synonymous with putting great chefs to the test, and this year, they’re debuting a contest with a twist: Ten skilled amateur cooks will be personally mentored by culinary greats so that they can become the best and impress some tough critics. Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Michael Symon and Alex Guarnaschelli will all be lending their skills to the new series All-Star Academy to help these budding culinary talents improve and move on through the competition. One person will reign supreme at the end and take home a cool $50,000 prize. So, all they have to do is have their food scrutinized by the best chefs around to possibly win a huge sum of money – no pressure or anything, right?! ;)

Debuting March 1st on the Food Network, All-Star Academy will premiere at 9 PM PST/EST. The series will be hosted by Ted Allen (Naturally!) and feature guest judges through the season such as Robert Irvine, Donatella Arpaia, Geoffrey Zakarian and many more. It’s going to be a fun one so be sure to tune in!

What to Watch on Netflix This Month #StreamTeam

Everybody loves Netflix these days – from average people like myself, to celebrities. When I interviewed Denise Austin last week, she told me that she took a look around MomStart and thought it was cool that we worked with Netflix. See, celebs are just like us!

The New Year has brought a ton of new titles to Netflix, so no matter who you are or what you watch, there’s bound to be a ton of new programs you’ll want to check out! Here are some of my top picks:

For Kids:

Puss in Boots

Netflix just debuted a brand new original series for children called The Adventures of Puss in Boots. This adorable show, a spin-off of the beloved characters from Shrek, is a collaboration with Dreamworks and is sure to bring laughs and fun to the whole family! Celebrate by making this adorable kitty cat bank craft, or hot chocolate with “Marsh-Meows”!

Other titles your kids might enjoy are:

For Parents:

Season two of The Fall hit Netflix last weekend, and I binge-watched the whole thing immediately. I’d been anxiously waiting to find out what happens in this dark crime drama since I saw the first season at the end of 2013. I can’t say much about it without spoiling anything, so I’ll just let you watch it for yourself!

Here’s some of the other titles that people have been binge-watching this month:

So, what are you streaming this month?

When Kids Interview Strange Magic Stars Elijah Kelley and Meredith Anne Bull #StrangeMagic

Yesterday my kids and I had an amazing opportunity we were able to interview Elijah Kelley (“Sunny”) and Meredith Anne Bull (“Dawn”) from the movie Strange Magic.


SUNNY is an elf with a big heart and a serious crush on his best friend Dawn. Though full of spunk with energy to spare, Sunny doesn’t have the guts to share his true feelings for Dawn. “I think we can all relate to Sunny,” says Rydstrom. “He’ll do anything for Dawn—including setting her up with other guys— because he secretly hopes that someday she’ll love him too.”

DAWN is a li le flighty—even for a fairy. Boy crazy and naïve, Dawn is the super opposite of her big sister Marianne. “Dawn is in love—with love,” says Rydstrom. “She’s a big flirt. Every day she has a new crush, hoping that—just maybe—he’s the one.”

I mean I get to do interviews all the time but this time was super special because I was able to bring my kids along. My daughter actually did the entire interview starting off with the very first question that she came up with on her own.

“How were you able to sing so enthusiastically?”

Elijah said it’s like when you play pretend as a child ( of course he answered my daughter saying) “It’s like when you play pretend”…. and then you get excited and your energy gets more and more and it’s a lot of fun…. (not his exact words but that’s what he said paraphrased)


My kids had a blast, I had a blast, I think even Elijah and Meredith Ann had a blast. Miles and Elijah made each other laugh, at first my son was really not into the interview and then Elijah had him going and they were making each other laugh and then building off of each other. It was really a great experience for me and my children.

When they were talking about favorite scenes they also talked about favorite characters, when Zoe told Meredith that her favorite character was The Bug King, Meredith told Zoe she must be a tough girl to like such a tough character. Zoe smiled proudly as I was of her also. At the end of the interview, they both signed autographs for my kids. Elijah signed one for Miles saying, “I can’t wait to see you on the Big Screen”. During the interview we told him that Miles wanted to become an actor and just by looking at his attitude in the room he said “you’re well on your way”. He was really a great guy!



Here is the video of the entire interview with Strange Magic Stars Elijah Kelley and Meredith Anne Bull:





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What To Love About Strange Magic #StrangeMagic

The music the music the music!! The kids and I went to see Strange Magic and we loved it. The music is captivating and kept my kids attention. Miles and Zoe both liked the characters, my son’s favorite was Sunny and my daughter’s favorite character was The Bug King. Strange Magic is all about the power of true love and change. Is it possible for love to change someone, in Strange Magic we watch how love makes the characters crazy, then it makes them hard and guarded and finally can they let love back in and become soft again?

Strange Magic is a movie that will have you singing these great songs from the eighties all day and all night. They are quite catchy songs and it’s a cute movie that both of my kids enjoyed. They give it four thumbs up and after interviewing two of the characters they would give it four thumbs up twice because Elijah and Meredith Ann were so nice to my kids.


With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom.

Strange Magic has an extraordinary roster of film as it follows the story of a fairy princess that’s madly in love, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including The Bog King himself, Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), The Fairy Princess Marianne, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull who plays the adorable constantly in love fairy princess Dawn, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), The very handsome triple threat Elijah Kelley plays Sunny (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.



I didn’t realize at first that it was going to be a musical but you quickly understand that’s what’s going on as you are watching it. The main character is in love and singing about how happy she is that she is getting married. Until Marianne finds Mr. Right (Rowland) who walks around like Elvis strutting his stuff is cheating on him. Then she decides love is for fools (which is exactly how the Bug King feels). Rowland sets a plan to make a love potion and of course it hits the wrong person and she sees the bug king and well, how does this story end with such a crazy love triangle you have to watch the movie to find out.




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Fun Facts About Strange Magic In Theaters Today #StrangeMagic

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NAME THAT TUNE – “Strange Magic” weaves together new versions of favorite songs from the last six decades—including songs made famous by artists ranging from Mickey & Sylvia and Elvis Presley to Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT – Filmmakers needed to concoct a magical love potion for the film, so when they discovered that primroses grow where shadow meets the light (part light/part shade)—they knew they had their chief ingredient for Sugar Plum Fairy’s love potion. In the movie, primroses aptly grow on the border of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest. In an effort to do away with love forever, the ruler of the Dark Forest, Bog King, orders every primrose destroyed.

FLY AWAY – Artists referenced monarch and blue morpho butterflies to create the look of fairies like Marianne, Dawn and Roland. Animation was customized for each fairy and designed to reflect individual personalities and where they were in their character arc. Marianne, for example, goes from clumsy to athletic during the course of the film. 

BUGGY BOG – Artists looked at dragonfly wings and grasshoppers when creating Bog’s look. As far as Bog’s performance, animators took him from hunched over and angry to elegant.

SO SURREAL – Executive producer George Lucas, who’s behind the story of “Strange Magic” considers Sugar Plum Fairy to be more magical than your average fairy—“a little more Salvador Dalí,” he says.

GOOD GOBLIN – Artists and animators referenced frogs, lizards and other amphibians and reptiles to perfect the look of goblins like Stuff and Thang.

ANOTHER FINE MESS – Stuff and Fang, Bog’s loyal goblin assistants, were created in the spirit of famous comedy teams like Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello.

THE TRAMP – Charlie Chaplin and his best-known character, The Tramp, served as inspiration for Imp. Both characters cause trouble for no good reason, so animators added Chaplin-esque flourish to Imp’s movement. clip_image002

REAL ROCK – Lucasfilm artists tasked with creating the royal palace for Fairy King and his daughters found reference in Big Rock Ranch, a property George Lucas owns. A smaller rock was discovered on the property that looked like the signature rock. It was scanned and used as a 3D model for Fairy Rock in the movie—which hosts the great ball.

FRIGHTENING FERNS – Filmmakers found fun foliage to help illustrate the spookiness of the Dark Forest. Fiddlehead ferns, which feature furled fronds, were very effective tools in the film: one unfurls as Marianne makes her way through the forest.

JUST DREAMY – “Strange Magic” is inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and includes a controversial love potion, the theme of love and the spirit of feminism, as well as an infusion of comedy. But the characters in “Strange Magic” are wholly unique—with striking looks and compelling personalities.

SISTER, SISTER – Just like her character Marianne, actress Evan Rachel Wood has a little sister and says she can relate to Marianne’s desire to look out for Dawn. Likewise, Meredith Anne Bull, who provides the voice of Dawn, has an older sister.

PLAYING FAVORITES – Elijah Kelley, who provides the voice of Sunny, says his favorite character in “Strange Magic” is Bog King, who’s voiced by Alan Cumming.

THAT’S NUTS – Roland, a knight in shining armor (at least in his head) makes his way through the forest atop his loyal steed Chipper. But Chipper’s not a horse—he’s a squirrel.

Montgomery, Alabama: Historic Landmarks & Filming of “Selma”

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I’m reflecting on another trip I took last year. A month after I visited The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for an event with Hyundai. Because of the timing with my flight arrival, I was lucky enough to have almost an entire day to myself before my work event began. My hotel was within walking distance of so many important historical sites and museums, so I took full advantage of my opportunity to see all that I could.

My hotel happened to be right across the street from the Montgomery Visitor Center, so I popped over there first to catch the trolley. There, they mentioned to me that some roads were closed that day because Oprah was in town filming the movie Selma, which is now finished and hit theaters earlier this month:

Sure enough, when I got to the Alabama State Capitol, the road was closed to traffic and looked a little like a ghost town. I later heard rumors that Oprah and Niecy Nash were staying the same hotel I was at, but no, I didn’t run into either of them while I was there. ;)

Alabama State Capitol

These steps are where the third Selma to Montgomery March ended.

I got some snapshots of the Capitol building and began walking down the street – the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is located right down from the Capitol.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

I was promptly caught in a downpour of rain, so I stood under the eaves of a building across the street for a minute until it passed.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church closeup

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Sign

Dr. King was the pastor of this church and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott from his office in the basement.

Rosa Parks landmark

I had intended to visit the Rosa Parks Library & Museum, but it was also closed in connection with the movie filming. However, there is a landmark sign right in front of the museum, denoting the bus stop where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and it’s pretty incredible to think about standing on the same spot. History comes alive in a special way when you get the opportunity to explore landmarks in person, so I was very fortunate to have this opportunity to visit Montgomery!

ABC Family’s Baby Daddy The Eye Candy Cast Interview

I shared with you that last week I was on the set of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy and we were able to interview the entire cast, well all the main characters of Baby Daddy. One of them, Melissa Peterman who plays the mom of the baby daddy only came in that day to talk to us. Of course she also said that she loves coming into work every day because of all the eye candy. Everyone on this set is amazing to look at, even the female characters. I have to actually agree, it’s like everyone on the set has super amazing genes of beauty.



Mom – Bonnie Wheeler – Melissa Peterman.

Melissa Peterman was so fun to hang out with she is full of life and very pretty. She may be older than the other cast members on this show but she doesn’t lack any energy or comedic presence. She took so many pictures with all the mom bloggers on the set and was cracking us up. Not only though does she have the fun loving side to her but she also has the motherly side to her. She seems to take care of the cast making sure they are all doing well. She can’t help it it’s the mother inside of her…..


How does your role as a mom of a boy in real life influence your life as a mom of boys on the show?

They would say too much, because I tend to mother them – all of them. Like, I say ‘Is that what you’re wearing? Do you have socks?’ Like, you know, Jean-Luc will go to Canada to visit home, ‘Do you have warm enough clothes?’ I’m friends with Derek and Jean-Luc’s mothers and Tahj’s mom on Facebook… I’m more like Chelsea’s older sister. Or more like, maybe, kinda fun aunt. I think it’s been very helpful. I tell them stories, about, you know, about my son. My son is also like Derek. They think he’s going to be like, 6’5″ like I… I’m not a sample size. He’s 9 years old and he’s almost 5 feet tall. So it’s fun to …it’s fun for me.”


Do you have a favorite episode?

“I do have, I have a couple favorites. I loved Ranger Roos episode where Tahj and I were auditioning for the mascot for the Rangers and we had… that was physical and that was very fun. There was one we just shot that I really like that hasn’t aired yet and it’s about… I don’t think it’s a spoiler alert… it gave me one of those heartwarming scenes that you kind of… it earns the big broad funny… you can get away with that if there’s… if you have those moments of real heart and humanity and I had a really great episode with Danny where I had lied about a birthday. And it was basically how I just wanted time with my son and it was really sweet moment and I really do cry at those moments like it’s hard for me because you do think of those. But I love those moments so that’s from this season… and any one with ‘Brad The Pad’ cause, I don’t know if you’ve seen him but Peter Porte who plays my boyfriend on- and off-again. He’s ridiculously beautiful and also just very fun so, we enjoy those weeks when he’s around.”

Baby Daddy – Ben – Jean Luc Bilodeau

Jean-Luc is the main character of Baby Daddy playing Ben, the dad that found a baby on his front porch one day. Deciding to do the right thing and raise his kid we have a comedy about an odd family dynamic that works. In real life he’s not a parent yet so working with kids is his first taste of what they are truly like. We wanted to know if it’s changed the way he feels about kids.


Has the show changed what you know or how you feel about kids?

“Oh yeah! I already liked kids to begin with, I’ve just never picked up an infant. Um, so, you know, doing this show, I think that it’s warmed me up to the idea of having a bigger family than i originally planned on… so yeah, I’m really good at holding the kids now and playing with them. So, I wanted a family, it’s… it’s good practice. Although I’ve never changed a diaper, though, so that might just change the whole thing.”

Instead of family handing off their kids to you, saying you need practice for your own family, do you find that you’re being handed kids as ‘practice’ for your TV role?

“Honestly, I think it’s…. it’s weird because I have a huge family. Aside from my immediate family, we have a huge… like 40 cousins or so and they’re all having kids so they’re not giving the kids off as practice, they’re giving them to me because they want photos… they want the Baby Daddy pose. So, um, at all the family events, I always get the responsibly of hanging out with the kids. It’s not for practice, it’s for the whole Baby Daddy.”


What do you love most ab out working on Baby Daddy?

“I think it’s because it’s a multi cam. It’s my first sitcom experience. Um, I predominately have just a single cam background, so it’s a lot of drama stuff, longer set hours and everything. Here, everyone’s super cool, you get to hear laughter – that’s something you don’t get on any other set that’s not a sitcom. So, um, and the audience every Friday is really fun. That makes it really enjoyable and the cast is awesome, too, and the food is great.”

Baby Daddy’s Brother – Danny Wheeler – Derek Theler

Derek is a genius, if his acting career ever fails he can just go be a doctor. And he would be one of those doctors that you are always wanting to go visit because he’s a tall handsome man. And the show takes advantage of his good looks by putting him on set often without his shirt. But honestly it’s not just his good looks that got him this part, he is good with the improv and ability to make people laugh.

Do you stick to the script, or do you do a lot of the improv yourself?

“It depends, um, the improv moments are usually when the audience is here and they’ve seen the same scene a couple of times and if we get it a couple of times and if we do it right, we have permission to say whatever we want or pitch new ideas, which the writers are really great about working with us on that. We usually do a take that’s just for the audience; we’ll have different characters come in out of doors and surprise the actors who are on stage. It’s fun, it’s a fun atmosphere to come and see because there’s a lot unique things that happen during the show that don’t happen on the show that you see on television.”


We asked many of the actors on set how working with babies might have changed their view on children. We started with him…..

How is it to work with the babies?

“It’s amazing, it’s great, they’re… a set of twins – two babies – playing one character. As the seasons go on, every finale to one season and premier of the next is supposed to be one week, so we have to change twins. Otherwise, our original babies are 4 1/2 years old, so we change them.

The one’s we’re using now, they’re beautiful and they’re amazing. They hit all their cues and know all their lines better than we do.

It’s funny, this episode especially, they have tricks that they have to do, like they have to burp on command and put her arms up in the air like “bring me a basket of French fries” so it’s been a little bit longer than normal waiting for the babies to hit all of their cues, so we’re a little bit behind schedule.

It is fun; it’s fun to work the babies because, you know, the audience knows they’re babies. They don’t know what they’re doing yet. They don’t know exactly what’s happening… when the live audience is here and when the babies are down there, they seem to feed off of it just as much as we do. Everyone has a good time.

Today is all about getting all of the baby coverage, getting all the babies’ scenes finished and in the can so that when the audience is here tomorrow night, they can watch them on the screens.”

Riley Perrin – Chelsea Kane


As you can see from the title of this post you can tell that I think this is a cast full of “eye candy” so the moms wanted to know how Chelsea Kane deals with working in this kind of environment…..


I feel really bad for you – it’s just a hideous looking cast. How do you deal with it everyday?

“Actually, now with the new edition of Eddie. It’s just painful. I hate the clothes and everything about it is just awful. One of my favorite… anytime that Derek walks out without his shirt on, Melissa will… ‘I’m sorry,’ like, ‘God! You’re supposed to be my son!’ But yeah, it can be a little distracting and sometimes, you know, I’ve been like a schoolgirl with Eddie here this week.

No, it doesn’t suck. It’s really great.”


Are there any ways in which you’re like your character?

“I think we’re a lot alike in which we’re a type A personality, a real go-getter, almost to the point of getting a little crazy at times. I think I’m kinda a guy’s-girl, too, you know, a little more drama-free. Especially with this show, I honestly do like hanging out with these boys a lot after work. We have a really good time together. But outside of that, I mean, definitely not a lawyer.”

Tucker Dobbs – Taj Mowry

Taj Mowry is from a family of talent and has been on television since he was like five years old. I remember seeing him on so many different shows when he was a child actor. He was on Sister Sister, Smart Guy, Who’s the Boss, and Full House just to name a few. He’s a really talented guy and hasn’t lost who he is even though he grew up on TV. He just seems like that guy that everyone gets along with and it shows on set!


There’s really good chemistry on-set, are you guys really close off-set, as well?

“Oh, yeah. Chelsea and ? were just at my house this weekend, Derek and I like going to movies – we like action movies, superhero type movies. Chelsea and I are like, brother and sister… Melissa lives like, two minutes from me. She’d beep the horn and I’d be like ‘Melissa’s here’. [laughs]

Yeah, so we’re all like, super close.”

Your whole family seems really driven. What do you think it was that your parents did that just clicked with all of you?

“I don’t know… they just made sure… they made sure that we were very grounded. They were both in the military, also, so they kept us in check; we’re all very clean, neat, OCD. So it’s good in the long road, you know?”

Us: Are you working on any other projects right now?

“Uh, yeah, I’m putting the finishing touches on my album, actually, because I’ve been wanting to do an album for a long time, I just haven’t had time. The single comes out in February and I’m releasing some free stuff online before the actual single in February like, on iTunes and stuff. The free stuff you’ll see, it’ll be on blog sites and stuff like that. When the single comes out you’ll be able to get that on like, iTunes and Amazon. It’s like sorta, um, it’s like kinda Prince-y vibe, I love Prince, I love Lenny Kravitz. So it’s sort of a mix of those two. Very funky. Kind of electronic. Very different. The first single’s called ‘Walker’.”

It was such a fun day meeting all of these great actors and hanging out with friends.


Baby Daddy premieres Wednesday January 14th 8:30/7:30 Central.

ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey” Interviews Joey Lawrence & Melissa Joan Hart talk Family

Being on the set of Melissa and Joey was one thing but the other thing was getting to interview both of them. I have been a fan of Melissa since Clarissa explains it all and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She’s close to my age and one smart cookie, I think all great actors are really smart. Joey Lawrence I knew about but I never watched Blossom, rather I didn’t watch it very often. But my opinion of him because of the types of characters he played was that he wasn’t very bright, but that’s a terrible stereotype because after talking to him on set he’s very opinionated and passionate about politics which was a huge surprise.



JOEY: politics has always um intrigued me. Um because I think that a lot of it is about communication, a lot of it. And a lot of it is about being open minded and you know uh being able to hear what other people have to say. And then go with your gut you know, and you have to have one. I love this country so much and you know even in my lifetime I’ve seen so much change and I think that even more now than ever we’re just going through such a crazy time I don’t know really what to think about it, other than it just frightens me on so many levels.

He talks more about how passionate he is and I’ll get into that later. But first I wanted to talk about the fact that they are both family oriented displaying characteristics of being great parents. Both Melissa and Joey talked about how they don’t really want their kids to grow up in the industry the way they did. Joey said that parents on TV now are displayed as complete morons and that the industry has just changed so so much, and it’s a lot of pressure for a kid.


JOEY: cause it’s just not what it used to be. When I was growing up it’s just so different now. I know that sounds cliché, but it really is so different. I just did not want her to be one of these like, “Oh my– ” you know.

I just didn’t I mean ‘cause that’s all that’s out there for a lot of these young Actors today. It’s like you know the parents are just idiots you know. Like why are the parents such idiots? In every you know child’s TV show I hate them. Uh so we go back and we watch

Shows that the parents actually had something to say because when I last checked parents know more than kids.

‘Cause we’ve been here and we’ve made the mistakes you know. That’s how we figured it out. It’s not that we are just gifted ‘cause we know more, it’s ‘cause we– we’ve been through it and we’ve made the mistakes. That’s how we can pass on the information to them. So we go back and we watch you know the Full Houses and the Brady Bunch and you know the Happy Days and you know Family Ties and stuff like that. Where you know–

Melissa was trying to keep her children out of the industry as well, however while doing the Walmart commercials her children were in one of them with her and then directors started calling.

Melissa: Did you see the Peter Pan Commercials? My family did 5 Walmart Peter Pan Commercials. And um, it was such a special opportunity, we couldn’t say No. The script was written so beautifully I thought, and I really wanted my family, like I just thought it was so lovely and we’d have this footage forever for our family. But some Casting Directors did notice, um, some crew members here been called and were asked to put, be put in touch with me, and my kids and so my son is just, …

So it makes me nervous but um, they were at the audition and it’s weird. It’s like, you know, you’re competing with these other kids and you know, it’s Uh. As Mom sitting there and you’re like, you know, you want the best for your Child but that means that these other Children don’t get– You know, it was just weird. I don’t know. I — I really don’t want them in this business but I also don’t want to turn away opps, great opportunities, like this Show sounds like a really amazing opportunity. Um, he’s young and I don’t know that I — I’m ready for all that for them. Um, if, I think Ron Howard’s kids did it right. I think Goldie Hawn’s kids did it right. You know, when they’re older and they’re out of High School and they can make a decision that this is what they truly want to do, then I’m not gonna stop them.

And I will let, allow them to like, you know, entertain some of these great opportunities but at the same time, I don’t want my kids like you know, growing up on Red Carpets and stuff, it just seems a little I don’t know. It’s not how I grew up so I think that I don’t know what the recipe for that is, you know. I grew up in New York shooting my first Show in Orlando. I was nowhere near any kind of big Red Carpet Events or Hollywood stuff going on or you know, I wasn’t, I don’t feel like I was treated special. I was just, you know, working, I was a working girl. And I loved that. And um, and if I could give it to my son — my sons in the same way, like let them experience it the same way, that would be great. But I don’t think you can do that these days, so I think it would be tough.

These statements resonate with me so much, (if you’re following me then you know that I recently moved to LA with my kids so they can have a stab at pilot season) they really give me pause to my own children and if I’m making the right decisions for them.

Filming Melissa And Joey is done with multi-cameras instead of one camera over and over again from different angles. This saves the entire crew a lot of time allowing them to work four days and have more time at home with family. I asked Melissa how filming Melissa and Joey differed from her other projects and this is what she said:


Melissa : I’ve never done a live show. My other two Shows were in front, um, just a, on Film so Clarissa  was four Camera, Ped Cameras like this but we didn’t have the Audience so we shot, they were hybrids basically. Those were hybrid Shows before the hybrid really existed and Sabrina was really a Single Camera Sit-Com before Single Camera Sit-Com existed. We did Sabrina or Clarissa like this but we shot it over in 3 days, we rehearsed for 2. So it’s similar to our schedule here. We shoot live one night. Yesterday, we pre-shot some stuff. Um, and Fridays, we pretty much take here so it’s so lovely. I mean with a family, this is the best job there is in Show Biz, like Sit-Com is it.

Um, you work, if you know, fast and furious for a few hours a day, and you’re done. Um, you know, on Episodics and that kind of thing, it’s all day, all night. And that’s how, what we did on Sabrina. Um, Sabrina we rehearsed really hard Mondays and Tuesdays. And the scripts were broken down in smaller scenes so we had a lot more work to do. Here’s it like 10, 15 scenes at the most usually. On Sabrina, we were doing 30 scenes a week so it was just a lot of, uh, little — little bits which just took a lot of time and there was a lot of rehearsal, a lot of technical stuff. And so on Sabrina, we did two days rehearsal and then we did 3 days of filming.

But those 3 days of filming were 12 to 16 hour days. And we were there all night. And Fridays, we’d just be there until we got done so we’re fighting the sun going home. Um, but we were younger and we had fun, and we were really a really, really tight crew. Um, we all did everything together. It was fun. Our weekends together, we went on vacations together. We took the whole crew to Florida. We took the whole crew to Vegas. I took a lot of them with me to Australia and Rome when we shot our TV Movies and stuff. So um, we were super tight for those years. We were all pretty much Single. Everyone was like just starting to get in relationships. Some were just getting married at the end. There were some people who were having babies but like we were all kind of growing up together.

And uh, that was a really hard schedule but it was really fun. But it was like — like I said, it was — it was a Single Camera Sit-Com before they really were around because we had 3 Cameras but it was Film. And it was shot basically like a Single Camera Show because it was so technically and every angle had to be accounted for in a certain way. Here we can kind of go through it. We do each scene two times and we’re done, you know, so this is just such a lovely schedule being a Mom. The only problem is my family is on the East Coast so this makes it, this is a whole other obstacle for me now with — with my home life and my work life. We live in Connecticut.

Both Melissa and Joey were asked how being a parent influences their role:

Melissa: The exact opposite. Everything that I know about being a Mom, I try to do the exact opposite of my, um, instincts for Mel cause she doesn’t know. You know, she didn’t have a baby. It’s so different I think when you have a baby and you raise a baby, and they become these little people, and you know their personalities all throughout. And then all of a sudden, you’re given Teenagers I think you really, and you’ve known them and you’ve spoiled and they’ve been your — your Niece and Nephews and you spoiled them your whole life like, um, you know, I have some examples in my life of people that have come into Step Children that know how to spoil but do not know how to raise. And that’s, um, that’s the difference and so I — I try to bring that to Mel, you know, just inappropriate things. Like telling too many stories about Sex and Alcohol and then realizing Oh, I’m not supposed to be saying that to you.

Joey: It doesn’t really. I mean you know um Joe, Joe Longo is, is you know– obviously found out that he was a parent, but he, he’s not really a, a parent you know. Um and you know this show is definitely not for kids. So we don’t– you know my 9 year old cannot watch this show you know. I mean she watched like the Christmas episode you know,

But it’s not for the 9 years olds. I mean it really is for teens and for young adults and for people that are our age you know in their middle to late 30’s. Um so um it doesn’t really affect it too, too much. You know this is– I mean honestly I keep my, my private life and my work life pretty separate. Uh I’m not one of those um Actors that loves to bleed the two together.

I don’t think that one goes with the other. That’s just me personally. You know I don’t, I don’t take my kids to premiers. And you know uh I don’t post pictures on Instagram of myself, my kids. It’s all about me, my work and my fans, and the relationship that I have with them you know. Um I want, I want my kids to live normal lives and I don’t know why they have to kinda’ go hand-in-hand you know.

I mean a lot of the idols that I look up to they, they don’t. So the path that I sort of wanna’ emulate is you know like the George Clooneys and Bruce Willis’s and Harrison Fords. And these guys you know they always– they, they still to this day you don’t hear a lot about their personal lives.

Yeah I, I personally just feel that my private life is private and I share personal things, but not about my private life or my family ‘cause that would violate their privacy and I don’t wanna’ do that you know…


It was a great chat with both of them.