Since Ava has been six months old she has watched The Chica Show religiously. Chica & Kelly have become quite a staple in our home. She watches them first thing in the morning, dances along to all of the music and sleeps with the little yellow Chicken that has been washed more times than my favorite pair of pajama pants. I guess you can say.... The Chica Show is to Ava, what I Love Lucy is to me!
Kelly Vrooman is an amazing actress. Her talents include theatre, writing, hosting and hilarious improv comedy. As the star of The Chica Show, her comedic timing & ability to poke fun at herself, makes her so loveable! It's those same reasons why we all love Lucy too!!
Sooooo with all of this said, when I recently had the opportunity to interview Kelly about our similar love for Lucy, I was beyond excited. Here it is:
Q: Lucy became one of the most influential people in Hollywood during her time. Why do you think America loved her so much?
A: I can speak for what she meant to my family in particular, if not for America as a whole... She helped them freely laugh again. Both of my grandfathers were in WWII. Times had been terrible. And when I Love Lucy started, my grandparents were starting to have kids, build families of their own and they were in desperate need of new traditions that would help carry them forward into the brighter future. She's hilarious. And that's all we need sometimes. To take a second to laugh at someone making a fool of themselves.
Q: How has Lucy inspired you or your career?
A: She taught me that women don't have to try to be pretty all the time, in fact, making yourself ugly for the sake of humor can be even more powerful. I was a teenager when I found out she used to model and I was shocked! Knowing that a beautiful model was comfortable with shoving chocolates in her mouth on broadcast television was very empowering to 14 year old Kelly.
Q: What is your favorite I Love Lucy episode & why?
A: Vitameatavegamin! (And yes, I had to look up how to spell it). Her use of language and flawless delivery is breathtaking.
Q: What role do you feel Lucy played for other women in the television industry, such as
A: I guess this goes back to the second question for me. Sure, she was pretty and played a "dumb" woman, but in real life, she knew how to get stuff done and how to run her own studio. You know all those Chuck Norris quotes that people say? Like, "Some magicians can walk on water, Chuck Norris can swim through land." or "Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice"... I think all of those could also be about Lucille Ball. But she didn't play Walker, Texas Ranger.
Q: Everyone has had a funny situation in life that would be sitcom worthy. Tell me your own
real life, “I Love Lucy” moment.
A: They happen to me all the time because I seem to seek those situations out. Maybe as a subconscious life-long tribute to my girl, LB. I was locked out of my house recently and spent at least 10 minutes trying to teach my cat (through the window) how to unlock the door. It didn't work.
Kelly is an absolute doll! We love her around here!! Hope you guys enjoyed the interview!!
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