Last week, while at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Press Junket in Los Angeles, we had the fun opportunity to learn more about the new ABC TV show, American Housewife. We got a sneak peak of tonight’s show, “The Club” and enjoy a “second breakfast” with the precious star of the show, Katy Mixon. If your not watching this show, read on and after you hear about my experience, I bet you will be!
If you are a fan of ABC’s American Housewife, you know what second breakfast is. It’s that time, after the kids are dropped off at school, where you meet up wth your friends for a leisurely breakfast to gab, gossip, and solve all the problems of the world (or the neighborhood). Don’t tell me you’ve never had second breakfast?
While in Los Angeles two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to enjoy second breakfast with the adorable star of American Housewife, Katy Mixon.
Katy Mixon is 8 months pregnant and absolutely beautiful. Then she opens her mouth and has the most precious southern accent (hidden for the show) and exclaims how excited she was to spend time with us. She is so charming, you just want to pull up a chair and gab with her for hours! But we only had like 20 minutes, so here goes…..
Everyone relates to every situation Katie goes through on the show. How do the writers come up with such realistic situations?
It comes from the creator, Sarah Dunn. This was her vision, these are certain situations, not all of them but certain situations, most of them basically come from her life. And what she has experienced living in a town in upstate New York for a little bit. And it’s been my job to recreate what has been her vision.
How are you similar to the Katie Otto, the character you play?
I rock n’ roll in a different way. I always have. I’ve always been quite fearless. I’ve never really let anxiety take a toll on me. And I march to the beat of my own drum. I get back up on that horse and if I don’t get it right, I’m gonna do it again the next day. That’s kinda my M.O., that’s kinda how I’ve always rocked n’ rolled. Sarah Dunn’s quite different from me. Which is a beautiful thing too.
So that’s what’s been really interesting. I took on this role right after Mike & Molly ended. Four days later I walked into this American Housewife room. And so what was wild was, I’m not like her. I’m not Katie Otto. I don’t get mad at a green juice. If you’re going to do yoga, I think that’s awesome! I’m real spontaneous. I love celebrating people, what makes them happy. I’m just so opposite of what Katie Otto is. So it’s just fun to play.
The thing I love so much about the show for me is how the heck is she in my head? But every single episode has a very poignant moment. Like the one we just watched, overcoming who you are and jumping in the pool. How does it feel that you are impacting us as moms to be more confident in who we are?
It brings tears to my eyes. I’m having the time of my life. It’s so special to be given the opportunity to do what you love to do. And then to have people be able to receive it, or relate to it, that’s just the best thing in the world. So I am in a new dimension…I’ve never played a mom with three children. So that’s been quite special. It relates so much to moms.
But what was so special was, I knew in the beginning when I signed onto it, I felt like it didn’t matter what gender you are and what background you come from. Everybody relates to insecurity. No matter whether you’re from Kansas, from Oregon, from Miami, or from Westport. Everybody’s got their Westport, everybody’s got their little town, their situation that they’re like, I don’t wanna this today and be in front of these people. That’s been kinda my anthem on the show.
Katy is almost ready to have her first child, a boy and is looking forward to taking a break this summer to enjoy being a mom for the first time. She spoke of the excitement in naming her child, joking that they have narrowed it down to 30 names.
They did hide her pregnancy in the show, but when asked if the storyline would every have Katie Otto becoming pregnant, here’s her response.
I’m real open to it all. Whatever they dream up, whatever their vision is, I’ll do it! I can’t tell you. But I’m gonna hint. The finale – I can’t wait for y’all to see the finale. That airs on May 16. So, tune in.
I you haven’t started watching the show, you can pick it up easily on the ABC TV app or just tune in on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm/ 7:30 pm CST.
The Club Airs Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Before our Q&A with Katy Mixon, we were shown the episode that airs tonight – “The Club”. It was really good and has such a poignant ending. And that is what I love the most about American Housewife. Not only is Katie Otto hilarious and relatable, there is always that ‘Ah-Ha’ moment that gives you pause and makes you reflect on how you can better handle these situations. You should definitely tune into this episode tonight.
KATIE PANICS AT THE IDEA OF APPEARING IN A BATHING SUIT IN PUBLIC, ON ‘AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE’
When Anna-Kat develops a fear of water and stops bathing, her therapist suggests the Ottos get her to go swimming. But can Katie get over own her fear of wearing a bathing suit in public at the Westport Country Club so she can help her kid out? Meanwhile Oliver gives his dad a style makeover after students at the college give Greg a low “jalapeño” score, on “American Housewife,” airing Tuesday, May 2 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
“American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
Watch The Club Tonight on ABC 8:30PM EST/ 7:30PM CST
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Disclaimer: Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of the red carpet premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. All opinions are my own.