A group of bloggers was given the opportunity to interview the STARS of Hollywood Darlings which premieres TONIGHT April 12, 8 pm ET/PT on POP. We also were able to watch a few shows from the season and OMG I haven’t laughed that hard in weeks. I was able to relate to so many things they were going through so yes it is relatable and FUNNY!
I grew up watching these ladies on TV from – 7th Heaven (Beverley), Step by Step (Christine), and of course Full House (Jodie). Just amazing seeing them all grown up doing adult things. I love that they are friends in real life and the show is based on their lives but just heighten for TV.
Below is some of the QUESTIONS the bloggers asked and Hollywood Darlings ANSWERS:
QUESTION: What did you guys bring to- to show- to show about yourselves, and what did you exaggerate to make the show funnier?
Jodie: Well I- you know, I think uh, because we play heightened versions of ourselves, we all have you know, these little kernels and- of- of- of pieces that we play and you know, uh this is Jodie talking by the way. Uh, y- you know my character is definitely more cynical and- and dark than I am in real life. Uh, you know I have a pretty positive outlook on things and motherhood um, but you know, it was- we really wanted to play it sort of the contrast between myself and Beverly and Christine. Um, so that is- you know, it- it—that’s definitely a- an exaggerated piece of- of- of who I am. I– you know, I am um, quick to you know, poke fun at my friends with the utmost love uh, and make fun of myself and that’s something that’s- that’s pretty true to- 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. Um, 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- that will go out on a limb and make these two crazy in their own respective ways.
Beverly: And I uh- this is Beverly—um, I would kind of- was the Type ‘A’- the- you know, the ever-organized, the label queen and the um, girl who is prepared for any apocalypse or Um, any ailment that may uh, come your way. (00:03:34) Um, I think uh, we played that up a little bit further. Um, I- I would like to think that I am not as um, uptight and um, tightly wound as- as I play on- on the show. I do know what- how to exactly relax.
QUESTION: I read that this was an unscripted- not a reality show. What can you tell me about that and what can viewers expect?
Christine: Yeah, this is what we call an improvised comedy and you know, it’s a little tough to explain because there haven’t been many of them done. Um, you know, this show came about when Jodie, myself and Beverly were all approached by (00:04:51) our executive producer Jimmy Foxx uh, who wanted to put together sort of like, a 90’s dream-team of women he grew up with on TV who you know, felt like he maybe had a crush on. [chuckles] Or you know, who felt like, kind of like you- we were like friends to people as we grew up and well 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 epis- episode ideas and story-line ideas. (00:05:30) And that’s kinda’ how this show was born so everything you see on the show, you know um, 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. Um, so she’s really resistant to it in the show but you know, in real-life, we- we used hers.
Beverly: And- and you know, all of the- the scenes and everything you see I mean, we had story-lines laid out, we prepped with our show-runners before-hand you know, 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 (00:06:02) each other, what we didn’t know about each other. And you know, we took all those little pieces of information and- and kinda’ created you know, some very rough story-lines and then within those stories, we knew (and need to see?) kind of where we wanted to go from point A to point B. Uh, but how we got there, the lines, the dialogue, the interactions between all of us, I mean that was completely unscripted and totally on the fly. So you know, everything you see in the show is us just playing and having fun uh, with a very rough outline of what we wanted to do…
QUESTION: What do you like about being in an improvised comedy as opposed to scripted?
Beverly: It- it’s- you know, you get to play. I mean, you get to try things out, you get to try out jokes, you get to try out you know, all different sorts of scenarios each time you do, you know, a take of a scene. Um, and so it is- you know, you’re—it’s kind of like you both write and act in your own little play while you’re doing it and I think that’s really fun you know, as an actor you always have those moments were you kind of think of things that you would want to say, or how you’d want to do a scene or something like that. And you know, this was (00:13:47) the opportunity to really get to do that. And I think also for us, because you know us from such you know, family-wonderful television uh, to get the chance to stretch ourselves a little bit and then- and you know, sort of uh- uh, jump a little more into the adult realm of- of comedy and humor I think was a really fun opportunity for us to- to hopefully have people see us in a different light. That you know, yes you grew up with us as kids on these- on these shows but you know? We’re women in our 30’s and you know, we- we’re adults!
Beverly: And important for people to get to see us as that, so that we’re not you know, uh- only known for being- you know, sort of the- the wholesome family comedy that, you know, that we’ve known for 30 years.
Christine?: Plus I have baby-brain, I have a one year old, and when we were filming this she was six months, so not having to memorize anything was really good for me at the time.