When I was told that I was going to be interviewing Teri Hatcher for the new movie Planes (that’s coming out on Friday) I was super excited. I LOVE Teri Hatcher. I’ve loved her since Lois and Clark I’ve always thought she was cute, smart and sexy and she has proven to be all of those over the years throughout her career. She also showed me that she is very dedicated, to her career and her family.
When I was there in California, Teri was sick and instead of canceling on us, she did a phone interview. Awww, she was so sweet and I felt for her since she was sick. I had to ask her about juggling a successful career and a family and I loved her response. She said, uh, that’s how I had a sinus infection for three weeks without even knowing it and ended up sick today for this interview. We just do it. We muddle through and take it a day at a time. Which is so true. If you’re a mom and you work like me then you do the best you can. You set hours to work and set hours to be just with your family. Make the time with each quality time. This is what she said:
I’m not saying that my life is so hard. I feel really blessed; I’ve been super fortunate … I’m not necessarily struggling with finances every single day. I don’t have that burden which most people do and, you know, I have so much empathy for that.
I’m also not working every single day right now. I am developing stuff. Um, but I do still get up at six in the morning and drive my kid- like, in Los Angeles, for me, round trip in the morning is about an hour and a half worth of driving before eight o’clock in the morning. And, you know, you’re taking them to all their events and trying to still work and keep up an image that Hollywood’s interested in. I mean, it’s a lot but I think the bottom line is ev- everybody’s life feels like a lot to deal with.
And so at the end of the day, you’ve just gotta find the joy in it because it, you know, you don’t want your life to feel like you- it’s something you have to do. You wanna try to find a way to frame things to feel like they’re something that you want to do. And even if it’s driving an hour and a half in the morning to school, you know, I do tricks- like, I’ll listen to a book on tape or I’ll make it, make it time that is just for me so that it feels like, oh my God, I’m not just a chauffeur, you know?
In Planes, Teri lends her voice to the character Dottie, Dusty’s no-nonsense friend who also happens to be his mechanic.
Q: What was it like to voice a female character in such a traditionally male role?
I think that it was a really great choice that they made for the movie. So while there’s a lot of that kind of quality in me that sort of just something needs to be done, then I’m gonna get it done, and I consider myself fairly tough, I knew nothing about fixing cars, or planes, or mechanics, or anything else. Thank God for AAA…
I love that she is that sort of tough, and smart, and capable, and also friendly and caring. And I felt like it was an important piece of the journey — watching someone who is going out of their comfort zone to reach something they really desire and dream for, and part of you wants to support that, but part of you wants to protect from that, and Dottie balancing not being a voice that says, ‘You know, I want you to be safe more than anything.’ And, I think that was a point that needed to be represented in the film.”
Q: What was your reaction to joining the cast for Planes?
“You know, when offered a Disney movie one of the first thoughts that comes into your brain is my child’s gonna love this, or my grandchild’s gonna love this, or even my great-grandchild after I’m long gone is gonna love this, and that is the quality that Disney offers.”
I just loved her in Planes too. Her character is a strong one that takes care of Dusty. She’s a great friend. See Planes this Friday in theaters.