No compensation was given for this post. I attended a press event which facilitated this post. Hotel accommodations and airfare were provided.
As part of my Disney/ABC press trip last month, I had the chance to meet some of the moms of ABC during a unique mix and mingle type evening set up on the terrace of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building. This reception was just for us, so it was intimate, and casual. We mixed, mingled, took pictures, had some drinks, asked questions, and even answered questions from some of the actresses. At one point, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
When I first learned of this trip and that there would be an evening dedicated to meeting some of the actresses from ABC, I knew right away I had to get over my social awkwardness. I mean, what do you expect? I’ve been working from home since my oldest was born over 6 years ago. I don’t interact with adults very often and sometimes feel like I have forgotten how to have a conversation that doesn’t involve talking to either a 6-year old or a toddler. I was a bit nervous and a little worried that I would make a fool out of myself. I was wrong – way wrong. These real-life moms (well, most of them) of ABC put me at ease and talking to them felt just like talking to some of my old friends. I didn’t have to be witty or think too hard about what I was saying. I felt like I was just spending time with friends.
I can’t think of a better way to break the ice than to talk about your kids, and I’m guessing that’s how the actresses felt as well. Every actress I talked to kept referring back to her children. Honestly, I’m sure Disney and ABC expected that when they put the reception together. Moms will always talk about their children. Hollywood moms and moms who aren’t on TV for a living really aren’t all that different after all. There I was showing Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife) photos of my kids on my iPhone, whom I was missing terribly by this time.
Frankie Shaw (Mixology) told me that she has an almost 6-year old little boy. On Mixology, Frankie plays Fab, a pretentious, wordily fashionista who would never even consider having children. I asked her if it’s fun to go to work and play someone the total opposite of yourself, and Frankie told me it’s fun to get paid to pretend.
Jami Gertz (The Neighbors) and I got on the subject of husbands when she asked me if I had a good support system at home and how my family gets along without me when I’m away. She mentioned that she and her husband are about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Jami joked that that’s rare in Hollywood and does take work. She was very sweet and so down to earth.
At one point, I had Wendi McLendon-Covey of The Goldbergs and Ming-Na Wen of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. both sitting across from me and I geeked out just a bit. I was like, “You two are my Tuesday nights! First, I watch you, Wendi, as Bev Goldberg on The Goldbergs, and then my husband and I watch you, Ming-Na, as Melinda Ma on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) was at BlogHer a few years ago, so she knew exactly what “mommy bloggers” do and how we can digitally influence and exactly what we do.
I told Ming-Na that my husband was a bit jealous that I’d be meeting her, so she made sure to give me a kiss on my cheek (although the photo blurred) she said something witty like, “This is for your husband!” I’ve been a fan of Ming-Na for years. One of my favorite movies of all times is The Joy Luck Club, and she was also the voice of Mulan in Disney’s Mulan. Currently, Ming-Na plays Agent Melinda May and she’s pretty intimidating on the show S.H.I.E.L.D., but in real life, she’s so down to earth and easy to talk to.
@_TiffanyJCruz Lovely to meet you too! Love to know that #AgentsofSHIELD & Agent May get thumbs up with mommies!
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) March 13, 2014
Later on, Patricia Heaton came over to my table, pulled up a seat and reached out to shake my hand and introduced herself as Patti. How cool is that? Patti told me that she doesn’t live far from the studio where she currently plays Frankie Heck on ABCs hit show The Middle. Patti mentioned that she usually just rides her bike to work. What would you do if you saw Patricia Heaton riding her bike around Burbank?
Although I didn’t get a chance to talk with all the moms of ABC TV, I had a great time with the ones I did meet. I wish I could have met Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing) and Toks Olagundoye of (The Neighbors) but there just wasn’t enough time.
I wanted to thank all the ABC actresses for taking time out of their evening to come and make our group of bloggers so happy. It was nice to kick back, enjoy a few cocktails, eat finger foods, and chat with other working moms, who just so happen to be famous. It was unreal! There we were, on the private terrace at Disney Animation Studios, being served by waiters with pretty little trays of food and an open bar! Malin Akerman even tweeted me after we left the event – so cool!
Watch these amazing women in action on their television shows.
- Marvel’s Agents of SHILED on Tuesday @ 8/7c
- The Goldbergs on Tuesday @ 9/8c
- The Middle is on Wednesday nights @ 8/7c
- Last Man Standing on Fridays @ 8/7c
- The Neighbors every Friday @ 8:30/7:30c
For even more coverage from this evening make sure you follow the hashtag #ABCTVEvent.