I have to give a Galaxy-sized thank you to Disney & Marvel Studios for hosting me during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Event.
I’m not much of a TV watcher, I really don’t know how people find time to do so much of it, so when I find a TV show I love, it’s kind of a big deal. I’m currently more than a little obsessed with American Housewife which airs on Tuesdays on ABC at 8:30E/7:30C.
- If you’re a mom, you need to watch it.
- If you’ve ever hated someone in your town even just a little bit, you need to watch it.
- If you’re a husband to a stay at home mom, you need to watch it.
- If you’re even a little bit overweight or have ever been overweight, you need to watch it.
I was hooked after watching the very first episode. It was like watching my life. I live in this very uppity, wealthy area and my family and I are very solidly middle class. The main character, Katie Otto is sarcastic with a fluffy body and a parenting style that is almost identical to my own. She is also the third fattest housewife in her town (but later becomes the second fattest housewife in her town) – JUST.LIKE.ME. No, I’m not even kidding, I’m fully serious.
When we sat down to interview Katy Mixon, I couldn’t wait to tell her how JUST.LIKE.HER.I.AM, except the part where she hates people, I like most people a lot, just not snobby fake ones. But then Katy said she’s nothing like Katie Otto at all and I was like, “OH my gosh, now I feel foolish, one. And two, this woman is an amazing actress!”
I don’t know. I don’t really know. It comes from the creator, Sarah Dunn. This is her vision, and it took off with Kenny Schwartz and Rick Weiner who are the show runners, and the incredible writing staff. But this was her vision, these are certain situations, not all of them but certain situations, that basically come from her life and what she has experienced living in basically a town in upstate New York. It’s been my job to recreate those experiences. I couldn’t be more opposite from Sarah Dunn.
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.
We screened the episode that will be airing tonight, Tuesday May 2nd and true to form, it is both hilarious and moving. I relate to Katie Otto so much in this episode because she has to go to the pool and bare her body in a bathing suit in front of all of the perfectly shaped Westport moms. I was like YES, GIRL! during the screening, and when the episode ended I was also like, “DAMMIT! I have to stop the madness!” The episode, titled “The Club” deals with Katie’s daughter, Anna-Kat and her neurotic fear of going in the water, and Katie’s neurotic fear of walking from the pool deck into the pool while being judged by the other moms for her thigh jiggle. It’s an episode I think most women can relate to.
Katie Otto really is the type of woman who can’t stand the yoga pants wearing, green juice drinking, vegans that live in her town. It’s hysterical to watch, but Katy Mixon isn’t like that at all, even though she plays the role so convincingly. I love her outlook and it was definitely a good thing to hear someone say, because as a woman who lives in a town like Westport, it’s sometimes hard not to try to keep up with the people you just can’t keep up with, which in turn creates a bit of resentment.
I’m not Katie Otto. I’m just, I don’t get mad at a green juice. If you’re going to do yoga, I think that’s awesome! You’re bettering yourself. I love people, I’m real spontaneous. I love celebrating people and what makes them happy. I’m just so opposite of what Katie Otto is. It’s just a fun role to play. I wanted to do a role that I’ve never done before. I don’t wear hardly any makeup in the show, we cover up head to toe, I wear real baggy clothes. It just couldn’t be more opposite of what I’ve done in the past, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Gratefulness seems to be a theme in Katy Mixon’s life. She was so humble when we talked to her about her role as Katie Otto. Unlike Katie Otto, Katy Mixon doesn’t have a favorite of her three child actors, they are all special and she believe they were divinely appointed to work with one another. As far as having the opportunity to play the role of Katie Otto, it brings Katy to tears to think (and talk) about, and no, it’s not just because she’s pregnant and full of pregnancy hormones. 🙂
I’m having the time of my life. It’s so special to be be able to do what you love to do. To be given the opportunity to do what you love to do is quite incredible. It’s just the biggest gift in the world. And then to have people be able to receive it, or relate to it, that’s just the best thing in the world.
Katy admits that everyone has their own Westport situations they can use to relate to the show, and she’s so right. We’ve all had insecurities of some sort, marriage situations, parenting situations, those inner thoughts most of us don’t say out loud that Katie Otto does.
In the beginning when I signed on to do 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, from Westport. Everybody’s got their Westport, everybody’s got their town, their situation that they’re like, ‘I don’t wanna do this today and be in front of these people.’ People have that, so that’s been kinda my anthem on the show.
I fully loved hanging out for second breakfast with Katy Mixon and I can’t wait to meet up with her sometime down here in the Florida Panhandle (not that she said she’d do that, but Katy Mixon, if you ever want to meet up in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for second breakfast, I got you covered).
If you enjoy laughing at real life situations, make time for American Housewife in your weekly TV show rotation. You won’t regret it.