While in LA I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with American Housewife’s Katy Mixon aka Katie Otto. Now most of us who invest in TV shows feel like we know the characters in real life, and that maybe the actors and actresses in real life are like the characters they portray on TV. I am here to tell you that pretty much ten times out of ten, they are nothing like their characters in real life and that was true of Katy Mixon.
As Katy entered the room she greeted us with a huge hello and a smile. She was already so endearing and ready to answer some questions. I found her to be so real and down-to-earth that I could have just listened to her talk all day.
Where do you get your inspiration?
It comes from the creator, Sarah Dunn. This is her vision, and it took off with Kenny Schwartz and Rick Weiner, who are the showrunners. Also, the incredible writing staff. But this was her vision, these are certain situations, not all of them but certain situations, most of them basically come from her life. It’s been my job to recreate what has been her vision.
The Club episode is about overcoming fear and anxiety. What tips do you have about getting over this?
I rock ‘n roll in a different way, I always have. I have always been quite fearless. I have never let anxiety take a toll on me. I march to the beat of my own drum and I get back up in the horse and if I don’t get it right I try again the next day. That is my MO. Sarah Dunn is quite different than me. I’m not like her, I am not like Katie Otto, I don’t get mad at a green juice. I love people, and I am just so opposite of what Katie Otto is, which is fun to play.
I love it though, I have always wanted to do a role that I’ve never done before, I don’t wear hardly any makeup, we cover up head to toe. I wear real baggie clothes, it is the complete opposite of what I’ve done.
Just finished filming three weeks ago, certain ones stand out to me like “Bag Lady,” I loved that when she just went crazy on people. That was real fun, I loved being able to do physical comedy.
How does it feel having an impact on Mom’s who are watching?
It brings tears to my eyes, I could not be more grateful. I am having the time of my life. It is so special to be given a role, and do what you love to do and have people relate to it. It’s the best thing in the world. I’ve never really played a Mom with 3 children.
I knew in the beginning when I signed on that it didn’t matter what gender you are, and what background you come from, everybody relates to insecurity. Everyone has their own town or situation.
Which characteristic from Katie Otto would you take on in real life?
She’s really strong. I am really strong. I love her so much, that Katie Otto. I think this is the thing – she’s quite fearless, but I’m quite fearless too. I’m just doing it in a different way.
She also says what she thinks and I think there is power in being able to say it like it is but you have to do it in the spirit of love, that’s where I come from. Not so much Katie Otto. (laughs)
Is acting something you want your child to go into?
I want him to do whatever he wants to do. I just want to introduce him to the world! I want to encourage him to be who he’s meant to be.
TUNE INTO “AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE” at 8:30/7:30c on ABC as KATIE PANICS AT THE IDEA OF APPEARING IN A BATHING SUIT IN PUBLIC.
“The Club” – 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. Guest starring are Miya Cech as Marigold and Alexa Sutherland as the teenage lifeguard.
“The Club” was written by Brian Donovan & Ed Herro and directed by David Bertman.
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KATY MIXON (“Katie Otto”)