Mingling with the Moms of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” & “Pretty Little Liars” #ABCFamilyEvent

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Mingling with the Moms of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” & “Pretty Little Liars”

Two of ABC Family’s HOTTEST shows airing right now are “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS” & “SWITCHED AT BIRTH“.  During my recent trip to LA, I had the chance to sit down with the moms of these two hit series’ (Marlee Matlin (“Switched at Birth”), Constance Marie (“Switched at Birth”), Holly Marie Combs (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Laura Leighton (“Pretty Little Liars”).  We talked candidly with each of them about their roles, their career and what their lives were like as real moms versus that of their characters.

 

MARLEE MATLIN, LAURA LEIGHTON, HOLLY MARIE COMBS, CONSTANCE MARIE

 Photo Courtesy of: ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

I have grown watching all of these ladies careers grow and blossom as they have had starring roles and supporting roles on various shows and movies.

MARLEE MATLIN

Photo Courtesy of: ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Marlee Matlin has been an AMAZING actress that I have watched for years.  She has won an Academy Award (Children of a Lesser God) and has been nominated for countless Golden Globe Awards for her work in television. She currently plays “Melody Bledsoe” on “Switched at Birth”.  Marlee has been married to her police officer husband and they have 4 children.  Marlee recounted for us the current trials she has dealing with her eldest, who is set to go off to college this fall.  I really related to Marlee because I have a daughter who is 17 and will be heading off to college next fall.  Sitting and listening to her tell her interaction with her teenager really put something into perspective for me.  Marlee has to be one of the most down-to-earth actress’ I have ever met.  She has kept her children in school and insists that they obtain a normal education, including college, before they would think of pursuing a career in acting, like her.  From sassy talk to butting heads, Marlee deals with everyday struggles of raising teenagers, just like any other parent.  Marlee was so humble and so genuine, I could have sat and talked with her for hours about family, life and of course her career.

 

After talking with Marlee for a bit, in strolled her co-star of “Switched at Birth”, Constance Marie.  Constance sat down and joined our mingle so naturally and as if she was long-time friends with each of us.  Immediately noticing Marlee’s shiny read heals, she commented on her own stylish shows and they even posed for a informal, funny photo.

Switched at Birth Moms

 

I first watched Constance Marie as her role of the mother in the hit movie “Selena”.  She currently plays a the supporting role of Regina Vasquez on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth”.  Constance Marie is one of the funniest ladies I have ever met.  She was so warm and welcoming of all the mommy and daddy bloggers and really spoke highly of her role on the show, as well as that of her real-life mom role to her daughter (age 5).  Constance lives in the area and playing her role on the show still gives her time to be active in her own daughter’s life and activities.  Constance Marie has endless amounts of energy and even posed for a personal selfie with all of the bloggers.

Constance Marie

 

CONSTANCE MARIE

Photo Courtesy of: ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

It was evident to me that these two amazing actresses are true friends and were so fun to meet and talk with.

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When my 17 year old learned I was going to LA without her, she was disappointed.  What made it worse was when she found out I was going to meet the two moms from her Tuesday night LOVE – Pretty Little Liars.  She was in for a surprise when I actually arrived at the set to mingle with Holly Marie Combs & Laura Leighton.  Let me tell you first about how my first moment with meeting Laura Leighton started.

 

If you have ever been to LA, you know that by 5pm, it is a little muggy and warm outside.  After getting myself a cold Coke, I sat down at the table with Laura and we just starting talking openly about her role as “Ashley Marin” on “Pretty Little Liars”.  Within seconds of starting the conversation, I was unknowingly stung by bee.  I felt a small pain in my arm and looked down to see a dead bee in my lap.  My arm immediately started to burn and ache.  Laura Leighton ran to the attendant and grabbed me a cold drink to place on my sting (Thank you again, Laura).  Well, if that wasn’t a way to break the ice for all of us, who knows what would be.  Thanks goodness I was not allergic to bees!

Beesting

Photo Courtesy of: DadofDivas.com (Thanks Chris)

Now that my arm was fully chilling with an ice-cold Corona, we resumed our convo with Laura about her personal family and her role on PLL and how it compares to playing a prominent supporting role versus a starring role like “Sydney Andrews” on “Melrose Place”.     Laura is married to her former “Melrose” co-star, Doug Savant and has been since 1993.  They have 4 children between them and life seems pretty busy for her as a working mother.  Laura noted that she loves this role so much more, as the schedule allows her time to shot her scenes and still be home each night with her children, take them to school, attend their extracurricular activities and more.

 

A short time later, we were joined by her PLL co-star, the infamous, Holly Marie Combs. This was also a highlight for me personally, as I have watched her on television for over two decades.  From “Kimberly Brock” on “Picket Fences” to her more notable role of “Piper Halliwell” on “Charmed”, I have been a fan of hers for years.  Now that she is playing a supporting role on PLL, Holly noted that she too has more time for her family and their activities.  She noted that the younger actresses have very long, busy filming schedules and she loves that she can come to the set and shoot her characters scenes and still be home at night with her three sons.

LAURA LEIGHTON, HOLLY MARIE COMBS

Photo Courtesy of: ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Both of these actresses seem to really enjoy their supporting roles on the hit show.  They love the show and the roles that allow them the time to spend with their own children.  They are still amazing actresses and bring great life and character to their roles as the moms on Pretty Little Liars.

PLL Moms

Now the personal side of this entire experience that will resonate with me personally as a mom for years to come.  Laura Leighton and Holly Marie Combs took the time to personally facetime and chat with their #1 fan, my daughter!

Facetime Moms

PLL Facetime

Photos Couresty of SanityinSuburbia.com (Thanks Meredith)

Special thanks to PLL publicist, Catherine, for the amazing time with the moms of “Pretty Little Liars”, the little insider tip for my daughter and for making a dream of her come true by chatting with the moms themselves!

Catherine

 

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Disclosure:  I was provided an all expense paid trip to cover Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth and all ABC Family Events.  Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own.

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63 thoughts on “Mingling with the Moms of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” & “Pretty Little Liars” #ABCFamilyEvent

  • I live near the Burbank Warner Brothers studios and should take time to mingle more with friends and the media. Good to see others having fun though.

  • great pictures looks like you had a great time

  • This event looked very fun. Thanks for sharing!

  • Love the pics!!So cool that you got to meet and hang with so many cool ladies 🙂

  • Looks like everyone had a great time my daughter loves both of the shows.

  • Looks like everyone had a fun time!

  • I recently watched these shows last week for the first time and all I can say is WOW! great storylines and characters

  • What a wonderful and exciting experience of a lifetime. I watch Pretty Little Liars. Great show!

  • HMC is still cute! All good!

  • I Love these shows.. what an awesome experience..Thank you for sharing it with us

  • Woah….that is soooo awesome!! I am a die hard fan of PLL and Switched @ Birth (thanks to Netflix! lol).. and i am verrrry envious of you! I used to watch Holly Marie Combs when she played on Charmed, and that is when I fell in love with her. I can tell how much fun you had by looking through the pics… and so thankful you aren’t allergic to bees! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • What an awesome experience!

  • MUST HAVE BEEN AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

  • Wow, what a fabulous experience for you! I can see the genuine joy in your eyes…I have never seen these shows, but I know of the actors. Congrats to you!

  • What a fun trip that would have been! Looks like you enjoyed yourself!

  • So awesome that you got to meet such talented women! I love that you were able to just sit down and hang with them!

  • Look at you!!! Hanging out with the stars. How awesome was that!?! Right. abc has it going on with these lovely talented ladies. Looks like you were having a great time.

  • My daughter is a HUGE fan of Pretty Little Liars, she would’ve loved meeting the moms!

  • I really like Marlee Matlin but I still haven’t seen Swiched at Birth yet. But I’m definitely going to check it out.

  • wow i love these shows…constance marie is beautiful!

  • You look like you were enjoying every single moment. What awesome memories you will have!

  • I have never seen either show, but have heard a lot of about them. Looks like you had a great time! The ladies seem so down to earth, and by the pictures it looked like a fun time!

  • It sounds like they are ver nice ladies…so happy for your daughter!

  • Wow! Looks like evryone there had a great time together, bet it was a lot of fun! 🙂

  • Wow, looks like you had a blast!! Great shows!!

  • I am happy that your daughter’s dream came true.

  • I love these shows! How lucky for you to get to meet them and spend time with them.

  • looks like you all had a blast! so fun to see a real side of actresses!

  • What an incredible day you must have had looks like wonderful memories!

  • How cool is that!? Those shows are really amazing. =)

  • It looks like you had a blast! I haven’t seen the shows yet since we don’t watch much TV, but I love that you got to meet them and have fun.

  • I’ve never seen either of these shows but I like all the actresses from other movies & shows. My fave is Laura. What a fun trip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • that looks great!!! i would have loved to do that!!

  • It pays to be a blogger Looks like you had a great time.

  • Looks like a fun day and a lot of laughter. I have not seen these shows but my mom loves them.

  • Nice pics!!

  • Not really my type of show to watch but it sounds like and looks like you had a great time.

  • Sounds like you had an amazing time, and made a few new friends. I’ve never watched either show, but always heard such great things about them.

  • This looks like you had a blast. I have not seen this show but now I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing

  • Would have to say that I would have have loved to be in your shoes. What an incredible day you must have had.

  • Would have to say that I would have loved to be in your shoes. What an incredible day you must have had.

  • Would have to say that I would have loved to have been in your shoes. I am sure you had a great time. Very nice

  • Looks like you all had an awesome time!! So cool that you got to meet them.

  • I bet you all had an unforgettable trip and memories for a life time

  • Very cool! Great memories you’ll never forget!

  • So jealous!! 🙂 I really love “Pretty little liars” show!
    Thank You for sharing

  • What an amazing experience that must have been! Those shows are great.

  • So cool you got to do that! I haven’t watched either of those shows but I might have to check them out now.

  • Great show! How lucky were you?!!! The pics are great it looks like you had a great time!

  • How cool is that?! I’m a Switched at Birth Fan 🙂

  • Very cool experience!

  • How cool! My girls got me watching both of those shows and I still secretly record them even though they may not be home!

  • This kind of makes me wonder what the bottom of my shoes actually look like…sorry, I notice ridiculous things. The event looked fun though!

  • How was you able to get an interview with stars?

  • looks like so much fun i want to be there

  • Interesting show!!

  • I am so jealous! These are two of my favorite shows. looks like you had fun.

    • Oh wow, I would love to have been able to do.this. Lucky you!!

  • Wow! You made some wonderful memories that you will never forget.

  • WOW! That’s so amazing that you got to meet these beautiful women!

  • Looks like lots of fun was had! I LOVE the show Switched at Birth. My sister and I are avid watchers.

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