As a child of the late 80s and early 90s, I grew up watching some of the best television shows out there! Actresses such as Jodie Sweetin from Full House, Christine Lakin of Step by Step, and Beverly Mitchell from Seventh Heaven, three adorable childhood actresses, helped me navigate through my pre-teen and teenage years. Now, the ladies are back and in a BIG way! They are starring in their very own show on Pop called Hollywood Darlings. Hollywood Darlings turns the camera on real life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood that only they can share as former child stars. They grew up in the 90’s lime-light and it’s unscripted improvised comedy with three actresses playing exaggerated versions of themselves and their current Hollywood lives. Hollywood Darlings will premiere on Pop, Wednesday April 12th, at 8pm, Eastern and Pacific Time.
Friday I was given the opportunity to interview my favorite childhood stars, but before I begin, I just have to tell you about the chemistry these ladies share. As I learned through this interview, these ladies share a special bond as childhood actresses. You may think that they were in competition with one another, but the truth is they weren’t. They were actually friends and still are to this day. They have that kind of friendship that I know all of us have. You know, the one where you can pick up the phone and call that one friend and they will get up and listen to you-no matter what! The kind of friendship where you pick up right where you left off even if you have not spoken for months or even years. These ladies have that kind of friendship and it was extremely evident throughout the course of our interview. They honestly made me want to call my some of my “tribe” immediately afterwards and give them a great big ole hug right through the phone.
Find out more about our interview below:
What can you tell me about the premise of the show being unscripted and what can viewers expect?
Christine: Yeah, this is what we call an improvised comedy and it’s a little tough to explain because there haven’t been many of them done. This show came about when Jodie, myself and Beverly were all approached by our executive producer Jimmy Foxx who wanted to put together a 90’s dream-team of women he grew up with on TV… Those that you may have had a crush or those who felt like you- we were like friends to people as we grew up. He approached the three of us, and we said, “Well you know we’re actually friends in real life,” and that kinda’ like, blew his mind, the fact that we knew each other. So we sorta’ started talking and none of us was interested in reality but we’d thought, what if we did a show where we heightened our personality traits and we took kernels of our real life and we expanded those into episode ideas and story-line ideas. And that’s kinda’ how this show was born so everything you see on the show… There’s an episode for instance about a mini-van and it’s all sort of inspired by Jodie actually getting a mini-van in real-life… She’s really resistant to it in the show but …in real-life we used hers.
Beverly: …All of the scenes and everything you see … we had story-lines laid out, we prepped with our show-runners before-hand … like three or four weeks beforehand. We really answered these like, six-page questionnaires about who we were, what we liked, what we didn’t like, what we knew about each other, what we didn’t know about each other….We took all those little pieces of information …and kinda’ created …some very rough story-lines and then within those stories. We knew kind of where we wanted to go from point A to point B. But how we got there, the lines, the dialogue, the interactions between all of us, that was completely unscripted and totally on the fly. Everything you see in the show is us just playing and having fun with a very rough outline of what we wanted to do…
What did you guys bring to- to show- to show about yourselves, and what did you exaggerate to make the show more funny?
Jodie: … because we play heightened versions of ourselves, we all have these little kernels and of pieces that we play …. my character is definitely more cynical and dark than I am in real life…I have a pretty positive outlook on things and motherhood….we really wanted to play it sort of the contrast between myself and Beverly and Christine. That’s definitely an exaggerated piece of who I am. I….am quick to poke fun at my friends with the utmost love, and make fun of myself and that’s something that’s pretty true to who I actually am .
Christine: Yeah, I’m kind of the ‘hippie dippy’ one of the group, I’m sort of a free spirit. I definitely have those qualities in real life but we exaggerated them for the show for the purposes of comedy, of course. So I’m kind of the lovable fool, [chuckles] and will go out on a limb and make these two crazy in their own respective ways.
Beverly: I …. was the Type ‘A’, the ever-organized, the label-queen and the girl who is prepared for any apocalypse, any ailment that may come your way….. we played that up a little bit further… I would like to think that I am not as…uptight and …tightly wound …as I play …on the show. I do know how to relax and take a break. However I have not. I just got my first manicure and pedicure in four years and that is because I didn’t want Jodie to see my toes.
Will you be sharing your children on this show at all? Or is it just gonna’ be about you three?
Beverly: Hollywood Darlings mostly centers on who Christine, Jodie and I are. Yes we’re mothers but we’re business woman and friends. None of our children are actually in the show because it’s more about us as adults, even though we are mothers. Our children are very much a part of our lives. It’s not the content.
Jodie: There’s cursing, inappropriate jokes, things like that . While we are being a mom and mothers is very important to us. We wanted to sort of separate our children out from
some of that kinda’ stuff. So we definitely talk about our kids and reference them and like
I said our lives as moms are really important to us but we definitely thought that some of the content might be a little inappropriate for our children [chuckles] to be participating in.
Beverly: That was our hope. Our hope was that we would draw you in with the
nostalgia but then you would actually connect to us and also see that we are very
familiar to all you know, parents who are just trying to get through the day.
How do you manage time, having children, making sure you’re on the set,
having fun still in your 30’s and things like that?
Beverly: I think that the idea of perfect balance with your work and your
life and your motherhood and all of that, I think you know there is no
perfect balance. You know? I think you always feel like you’re … really focused on your career for one moment. You’re having to ask for a lot of help and you know, either your parents or nannies or things like that to help with your kids. Or you needed to step away from work and you’re focusing more on your family and your kids and there’s always something that you feel like you could be doing more. And I think that’s the pressure that a lot of women put on themselves which isn’t really fair. I think for me it’s just about staying present in whatever it is that I’m doing and not feeling guilt when—there’s times when I have to be at work and I have to ask
the support of family and friends to step in and help with kids or vice-versa. I think it’s really important to use that village. I don’t think that balance, actually that word exists in parent-hood because I think to be honest, it’s like we’re all trying to do the best that we can and as long as we are surrounding our children with love and we are doing the best we can, at- wherever we are in the moment, I think that’s all we can ever hope for- and being good humans at the same time. [chuckles]
Jodie: I’m a mom of two little girls that are nine and six and a half, I want them to see that it is possible to be a working mom and that it’s okay to go after your own dreams and your
own goals and that is important. You know, that even when you have kids and you have a family that you can still have the things and the dreams that you really want. I bring my kids to set and try and really- you know, incorporate all of the things in my life as much as I can.
Christine: Yeah and I feel like we live in an age of constant comparison, and I don’t know if it’s social media or what not, I feel like we sometimes get down on ourselves for not doing enough when we need to just [chuckles] you know, congratulate ourselves on the things we have done. So you get into a mode where you’re just a workaholic ‘cause you’re like, “I’ve gotta’ get this done, I’ve gotta’ do it perfectly-” and you know, the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day like, if you’re not enjoying your life, if you don’t have any kind of give and take, like, what is it
all for? You know? So- anyway, that’s how I really try to find the balance and- it-
focus emphasis on the word ‘try,’ [chuckles] don’t always do it perfectly and I definitely
can feel very stressed out so I’m trying to do better at self-caring and you finding enough time for myself.
Beverly: I think we’re in — afforded a wonderful opportunity with the three of us
because we’ve been so supportive of each other. I think it’s really nice that like, at any point in time if any one of us feels down, we’re- we’re all there for each other. It’s kind of, be like, “No, you’re doing a good job!”
Ladies, once I heard those ladies talk about how real their lives were and that they experience the same kind of feelings I do as a mom and a business woman, I knew that they were real and genuine. Even stars feel the way we do. Having grown up with these ladies on television, it seriously makes me feel even more connected to them as an adult just trying to make my way through this thing called life.
I hope that you will join me along with thousands of others as we tune into Pop Television’s newest original comedy series HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring 90s fan favorites Jodie Sweetin (Full(er) House), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step). It premieres April 12, 8pm ET/PT. The comedy series focuses on their unique childhood actor sisterhood that has bonded them as real life friends. They play exaggerated versions of themselves as they navigate motherhood, careers and life in LA. Be sure to catch feature cameos from Soleil Moon Frye (“Punky Brewster”),Andrew Keegan (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Tamera Mowry (“Sister, Sister”), Lance Bass(NSYNC), Andrea Barber (“Full House”), Nicholle Tom (“The Nanny”), Heather Tom (“Y&R”),Patrick Duffy (“Dallas,” “Step By Step”), Staci Keanan (“Step By Step”) and Wanya Morris(Boyz II Men).
Tune into Pop Television Wednesday, April 12 at 8 Pacific time to catch their two new shows!
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