Moms funny too, actress says

  • By Lynn Elber Associated Press
  • Friday, November 8, 2013 2:10pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Eva Longoria wants to shake up TV animation starting with one meaningful character: a woman stumbling through motherhood.

“I’m a fan of animation and I watch ‘Family Guy’ and I watch ‘American Dad!’ and you always see these really flawed fathers and the really perfect mom who is trying to hold the family together because the dads, they’re just idiots,” Longoria said.

She voices the character of Rudi Wilson in the 13-episode comedy “Mother Up!” debuting Wednesday on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Longoria also is an executive producer of the series in which Rudi, a former Manhattan music executive, resettles in suburbia with her two children.

She’s got street smarts but is fumbling in her new environment: When Rudi tries to compete in the can-you-top-this arena of kids’ birthday parties, disaster results.

Executive producer Michael Shipley (whose writing credits include “Family Guy” and “American Dad!”) was inspired by the “venting blogosphere” of mommy blogs that chronicle the perils of childrearing, Longoria said.

Marnie Nir and Katie Torpey are credited with original material.

Shipley’s approach is “a really fun, impressive way into poking fun at the different styles of parenting that moms have,” said the former “Desperate Housewives” star who is a producer on “Devious Maids.”

A character like Rudi is overdue, Longoria said.

“People think that sometimes women aren’t funny. And in animation, specifically, everything you see is male-oriented. It is a large male audience watching animation,” she said.

“But I don’t think there’s been anything women can watch that they can relate to and laugh at.”

More in Life

Shrimp and grits, rendered healthful and Italian? We’re in.

This recipe features a sauce made with olive oil, tomatoes and herbs instead of cheese and cream.

UFO at Paine Field playground was left by an artist — not aliens

The flying saucer at community park in Everett is a cosmic attraction.

Chef James Abbott makes Buck’s peanut butter pie at Buck’s American Cafe in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
New Edmonds bakery showcases owner’s mastery of pastry

Desserts are the highlight at Ganache Patisserie and Cafe on Main Street near the theater.

Marysville theater stages Noel Coward’s timeless ‘Blithe Spirit’

The cast and crew at the Red Curtain Arts Center do a fine job with the 1940s British play.

Stringed instruments get workout at Cascade Symphony concert

Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” is the orchestra’s first concert of the season.

‘Breathe’ ignores all the inspirational movie cliches

It tells the story of a polio patient and his wife who helped change attitudes about the disabled.

Confusing, muddled thriller confounds talented director, cast

“The Snowman,” based on a Scandinavian crime novel, suffers from catastrophic storytelling problems.

Animating Van Gogh paintings proves to be trippy yet flawed

“Loving Vincent” relates the circumstances of the great painter’s death.

Most Read