After shopping at the Disney Store on the lot of the Walt Disney Studios, we were invited to mix and mingle with four amazing moms of ABC Family! As I turned the corner and walked into a private little atrium/patio my eyes immediately spotted Holly Combs (from Pretty Little Liars…but best known to me as Piper Halliwell from Charmed…I used to watch that show all the time!) and Marlee Matlin (from Switched At Birth). I took a deep breath, because in front of me were two women I had only seen on TV for years… and now they were just feet from me. The table was already full of bloggers chatting with Holly and Marlee, so they sat me at another table as more bloggers came to join the fun.
As soon as I took my seat, Laura Leighton (from Pretty Little Liars) walked into the patio area. She looked absolutely stunning in her light blue dress! She came and sat down at my table and we all began to chat. About 2 minutes into our conversation one of the bloggers, Kristin Hale from It’s Free At Last, got stung by a bee! Another blogger helped her remove the stinger and Laura jumped out of her chair and got Kristin a cold beer to hold against her arm. Laura was beyond kind and thoughtful! Then, Holly Combs joined us and we got back to talking about life as a mom on the set of ABC Family: Pretty Little Liars. Holly is the mother of 3 boys (Finley, Riley, and Kelley) and Laura has two children. I am amazed at how well they both balance a family life with their acting. YES, they are moms and they pick their children up from school, attend events with their children and only choose jobs that don’t interfere with their family life. They both said that working with ABC Family was wonderful and perfect for acting moms. You could tell they love their jobs and enjoy spending time with their families.
Time flew by and it was time to switch tables…and I was about to sit down next to Marlee Matlin! Marlee is the mother of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls)! She was flowing with conversation. I wish I was better at signing, but her interpreter was hysterical and helped Marlee communicate with us. Marlee is full of life and vigor!
Constance Marie arrived a little late and joined our table. I was fortunate to be seated near Marlee, so when Constance arrived they pulled up a chair and she sat right next to me. She immediately revved up the conversation (though Marlee was already keeping us giggling ). Then all of a sudden Marlee and Constance had their shoes on the table showing off their heels! I can’t recall what prompted this, but hey we are all women around the table and what MOM doesn’t love a good looking heel! (Personally I can’t wear heels…but I envy ladies who can!)
It was a wonderful evening of laughing and chatting about our children with these four fantastic moms of ABC Family! I am honored to have had the opportunity to have met Holly, Laura, Constance, and Marlee. They all made us feel like we have been friends for years, just hanging out together.
Our time was coming to an end…and we had to leave these lovely ladies…but we were off to a screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (review coming).
Switched at Birth ~ Tune in on Mondays at 8:00pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
Official ABC Family “Switched at Birth” website
“Like” Switched at Birth on Facebook
Follow @ABCFsab #SwitchedatBirth on Twitter
Pretty Little Liars ~ Tune in on Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
Official ABC Family “Pretty Little Liars” website
“Like” Pretty Little Liars on Facebook
Follow @ABCFpll #PrettyLittleLiars on Twitter
Disclosure: Disney invited me on this press trip and paid for all of my expenses (except travel). All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.