Disclosure: This post is part of my all expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA provided by Disney. However, typos, misspelled words and opinions are 100% mine.
You might remember from my last interview with the cast of The Real O’Neals that the actors and actresses are very down to earth and very tight. Today, you’re getting part 2 of the interview with the cast of The Real O’Neals. We’ll be discussing pets, how they came to be on the show, and more. Get ready for a great read!
Before we get into the interview, I want to make sure you know that “The Real Retreat” episode of The Real O’Neals airs tonight at 8:30 EST/7:30 CST on ABC. In this episode, Jimmy, the trouble making brother, is unexpectedly named Faith Leader for the weekend at the Ablaze Catholic Youth Retreat. A jealous Kenny decides that if Jimmy can make such a great youth leader, maybe he can make a great bad boy. What happens next? You’ll just have to watch! 😉 I can’t wait!
The Real O’Neals Cast Continues to be Real
The cast of this show is made up of some of the funniest people! It was a real treat hearing their stories of how they came to be on the show, their individual takes on things, and how they approach their work. It’s a very enlightening look into a comedy cast.
Mary Hollis Inboden on Her Role
“In the beginning, my character was a woman named Maureen who lived next door. I was not a family member. When I auditioned for this,I was a next-door neighbor with a fifteen year old son who’d gotten a girl pregnant. That was the original role. And then I came in, and I guess I just knocked it right out of the park. So they said, let’s change this up and make her part of the family and so Aunt Jodi was created. My mom always said that in times of tragedy you might not know what to say but just being there is important if you ever had a friend pass away or any trauma. I feel like the O’Neals are going through this traumatic event, and the family’s kind of imploding a little bit,” she said.
“And so Aunt Jodi is, uh, the one who’s there, but actually can’t keep her mouth shut,” she said with a laugh. “She’s constantly trying to help, and I just think that, that’s so much fun. I love that.”
Jay R Ferguson on His Role
“My audition process was very nonexistent, really,” said Jay. “I had a situation that existed previous to the show with ABC Studios, and we were trying to find something to do together and this came. I was working on something else, actually – developing something else with somebody, and this came along. I was really excited about this thing that I’d been working on developing but this was calling my name because I was a big Dan Savage fan already, and I thought the script was so well done.”
“I was excited to get to play a dad that was not going to be an old stereotype of someone who reacts with anger and shame, but actually doing what really I believe is a more of the contemporary version of what dads are like now when they have to react to that sort of thing- embrace it, and accept it, and just say I love you. With all of those things combined, I had an opportunity to come in and sit down with David, Stacy, and Todd, [the Executive Producers] and a couple of our other producers. We talked about what the trajectory of the show was going to be, and the trajectory of my character and throwing different ideas around and that was really it. They were very gracious in offering it to me and after consideration, I gladly and excitedly accepted.”
Noah Galvin and Jay R Ferguson on Their Favorite Episodes of The Real O’Neals
When asked this question, Noah had a tough time pinning down one particular episode. “I don’t know,” he said. “I like aspects of all of them, I have like a little favorite moment in each of the episodes, the grandma episodes, the grandma episode is one of my favorites I think. There was a period in which we were filming, where me and Martha had been segregated from the rest of the family because we were filming these five episodes that were just me and Martha storylines and then there was finally a time where like all of us just got to be in one place at one time and be together. And that’s when we’ve had the most fun.”
Jay R Ferguson immediately announced his favorite. “I think my favorite is the, the Real F Word, the one where Kenny outs himself at school, that’s been my favorite, just because these guys kill it so great in that episode. Martha’s in that storyline and it is so-so but their stuff is just fantastic, and they all hit home runs. I laugh out loud at multiple times in that episode, every time I see it. And then it, you know I have just little moments.”
The Casting Process
“We were really lucky. We got Martha and Jay pretty early on. Then we got Matt Shively, and Bebe*, and Mary Hollis, but we didn’t have our Kenny yet. It’s a big piece of the show- really, really important- and we’d been working with some other actors that we weren’t quite sure about, and Noah was in New York. He’s a theater actor. He’d been on Broadway since he was thirteen but had never done a show- had never acted in front of a camera before.” *Bebe Wood aka Shannon
“We saw his tape and it’s kinda that crazy story that he flew out here and did a screen test for us, and in about a minute, we all felt it. We were like, this is our Kenny. It was really neat, and then we got to show it to the executives, and they all felt the same way. Everyone immediately was very excited.”
Executive Producers, David Windsor and Stacy Traub on the Cast
When asked about working with the cast, David said, “They’re all so amazing. They instantly bonded; they hang out with each other outside of work. They’re a family and that just makes our job so much easier because you can only write so much of that, and the rest of it has to sort of happen organically and luckily with them- they love each other so much.”
Stacy said, “From the pilot, they had that chemistry. Jay was on Mad Men, and he said they used to always play games during the downtime, so during the pilot, he brought all these games, and he was the one who kind of was like, ‘We’re doing this.’ Some actors just go off to their trailer; they want to do their own thing, and he really made them this family.
David Windsor on How Far to Take Things
“I think we always come out at what is real,” he said. “What’s happening in people’s lives; the kid’s lives at that age; the grownups that are going through this heavy thing. It’s kind of a fine line we’re walking because we’re dealing with a lot of sort of serious, heavy issues, but at the same time, we’re making a comedy, and so the authenticity of all of their problems, I think, makes the show more relatable to everybody.”
The Real O’Neals Address Real Life
What’s made me fall in love with The Real O’Neals is the subject matter of this show. Of course, it’s funny, but they manage to make that comedy have some meaning. It’s light hearted, yet serious look at our modern day lives and the trials, turmoil, love, and devotion we all have day in and day out.
If you haven’t seen The Real O’Neals yet, what are you waiting for? It airs every Tuesday at 8:30 EST/7:30 CST on ABC. Check it out!
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