I had the opportunity to interview Melissa Peterman on a blogger call the other day. You’ll know her as Barbra Jean from the hit show Reba, but you will soon know her as single mom Carli on CMT’s Working Class. This show is primed to be a hit, with a fabulous ensemble cast that includes legend Ed Asner.
I had to take a few minutes to gush over Melissa and let her know how much her character Barbara Jean meant to me while I was going through a divorce.
I might have teared up a bit *keepin it real*
During that time, I was drawn to the dumb blond sillyness in Barbra Jean, and replaced every woman my ex-husband was seeing or had seen with her character. And the way he was going I needed a daily fix…
*still keepin the REAL real – blinks*
Melissa kept me sane through a very tough time and I truly mean that. With this new series I’ll have another reason to laugh (’cause dude, it’s funny) – laugh through the day to day single mom-ed-ness, and I imagine I will relate to her character as I try to make it all work just like Carli does. I’m over the top excited about the series.
Here’s a little of my interview…
What about this particular character drew you to the script? Was it the script? Was it the character? What made you want to play this role?
Well, it was a combination of both. I got the script and fell in love with the story and what it was setting up… then when I read it, I could just feel myself saying those words.
And what I loved about Carli is that it’s not an easy road that she’s got ahead of her, but you know instead of always saying “what I don’t have”, she’s still optimistic. Even comparing it to a Barbra Jean, which as you know, there was always optimism – some sort of hope.
It’s like if the kids didn’t go to jail today and no one’s on fire, it’s a good day. It’s a positive day. She is funny and she hasn’t lost her sense of adventure either and you know she’s still on her own journey too. She is a single woman and she’s got three kids, but she’s still looking for love and for where she fits in and I really was drawn to her optimism.
I’ll get to see her at Blissdom at the CMT party where we will obviously become bff’s. Or I’ll faint on my way in the room at the thought of seeing one of my favorite TV stars and need CPR or a shot of bourbon.
*just lead me to the EMT Bartender pls…*
Either way, I’ll let you know how it goes. You’ll want to catch the premier of Working Class on Friday January 28 at 8/7c