Exciting news! My character, Rachel, is back on the TBS comedy MEN AT WORK this week and next week so set your DVR’s, people! It’s a great little character arc, and it’s been months since we taped this, so I am really looking forward to finally seeing it. I not only love the storyline, but I’ve also been dying of curiosity (on a personal level) since we filmed these episodes early into my 2nd trimester of pregnancy … which was definitely an interesting experience for me as an actress, ha! Anyway, can’t wait to see it. I know it’s going to be a fun one (errr, two!) and I look forward to hearing what you all think
Ten days ago, our lives changed forever for the better. My husband A.J. and I welcomed our son into the world on the morning of March 6th. We simply could not be more in love, and have been thanking our lucky stars every second, of every hour, of every day since for this perfect, amazing, beautiful little boy. We are in awe.
Today *sniff* was the Young Justice DC finale… Being a part of this show has meant so very much to me, and I’m truly grateful to all the fans out there who have supported (and continue to support) us along the way! On that note, I was very touched when someone forwarded me this wonderful fan tribute video below. Not gonna lie, I am still holding out hope that they bring us back one day in the not too distant future.
xo xo xo
Happy Valley Park Rangers is a developing cartoon about three female park rangers who band together to fight environmental crime. Public enemy #1: HEXCON Oil & Gas Corporation!
SUNSHINE: “The Animal Whisperer”
DAWN: “The Scientist”
SWALLOW: “The Brave One”
Swallow – Marisol Ramirez
Sunshine – Dorie Barton
Dawn – Stephanie Lemelin
Today I had the pleasure of appearing on Huffington Post Live with host Nancy Redd to talk all about mommy stuff and, of course, the recently released PLAYDATE on AOL. I am so excited about this project and can’t help marvel at the timing of it all… Though I am sure I would have been talking to moms everywhere when promoting Playdate regardless, it’s truly a hugely interesting and appealing conversation for me to have as I get closer and closer myself to entering this brave new world called Motherhood. Check out the interview below and feel free to continue the conversation with me on Twitter! S
Actress Stephanie Lemelin Talks Motherhood – HuffPost Live
Actress Stephanie Lemelin sits down with Nancy Redd to talk about her new role on Playdate. Plus they discuss the politics surrounding motherhood.
Hello, 2013! Let me start by saying this — I have never before been so thrilled about the advent of a new year as I am this one! 2013 brings many exciting new things our way, both personally and professionally. I just know we’ll remember this year as a turning point, well, forever…
For career stuff~ my new movie PLAYDATE (with Alicia Witt, Greg Vaughn, and Diedrich Bader; directed by the fabulous Melanie Mayron) premieres next week on AOL, see more on the website here: http://on.aol.com/partner/playdate-517475023. The producing company, Vuguru, is doing a creative new distribution model, releasing it in online segments in the U.S. first, and as a feature in other countries. I’ll be doing a bunch of interviews next week in conjunction with its release (like Huff Po Live next Tuesday!) and will be sure to let you know about it via this blog and/or twitter. The first ‘episode’ btw airs this upcoming Monday, Jan, 7th- and I cannot wait to hear what you all think! In my ten years in this crazy business, I have to say- this was one of my favorite projects I’ve ever been a part of, so I really appreciate any and all support. Thank you!
Also returning to the airwaves this weekend is our favorite DC NATION cartoon: YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION!!! For whatever reason, they put our show on hiatus (AGAIN) so we’ve all been anxiously awaiting the 2nd half of season 2 and it’s finally here! Tune in tomorrow (Sat) at 10am/9amC to see Artemis & friends (& foes) as they continue to battle everything from themselves, each other, their families, and oh-so-many enemies (from all over the universe) in arguably one of the most adventurous, emotional, and layered cartoons on television! Big shout-outs to the talented fellow voice-actors on the show: Khary Payton, Jason Spisak, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, and of course my beloved ladies Danica McKellar & Lacey Chabert– just to name a few
In addition, the hilarious TBS sitcom Men At Work (created by Breckin Meyer) on which I have a great guest starring arc also returns in 2013. I had *a lot* of fun reprising my role as Rachel, and I just love how they worked me back into the show this season. It’s so funny and was such a blast to do- I think you’re all very much going to enjoy it! The guys on this show (Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy, & Adam Busch) continue to crack me up, and I feel fortunate to have met and bonded with the adorable Meredith Hagner while shooting this past fall. Will be so fun to see it on screen!
Aaaand, another project I did (back in the spring of 2012) that will debut later this year will be the intense horror movie I shot in Romania called WER – which I sooooo want to tell you about, but have been sworn to secrecy. Just know, I plan to attend the premiere when it comes out, but will probably end up watching the entire thing with my hands over my eyes. I can’t handle scary movies. I remember attending the premiere of Texas Chainsaw Massacre many moons ago, and my husband remarked afterwards that he was more scared of me ripping his arm out while watching then anything he saw in the movie itself. He kept trying to point out to me that our friend (who was in the movie) was sitting directly in front of us and was fine and alive, but it still didn’t stop me from digging my nails into him every time Leatherface came at her with his trusty chainsaw! Anyway, I can’t help be reminded of that now that yet another remake of that SAME movie has come out and I keep seeing previews everywhere. Craziness.
In calmer news, which isn’t exactly news yet — we should be finding out about whether the most recent pilot, Satisfaction, that I shot back in November (with the lovely miss Leah Renee, whom I somehow roped into fostering for Angel City Pit Bulls once we got back to L.A., um yes, I love her!!!) will be going to series in 2013!? They have us under contract til the middle of February, and if we are picked up by CTV, we will likely start shooting in May or June. Which will of course signify some big changes for our family, since we will have to relocate from Los Angeles to Toronto… Something that I can’t quite think about just yet, because the whole situation with our beloved dogs being discriminated against by the entire province is too much for my heart and head to handle. That said, I do love the show and the cast and the town otherwise, so it’s just a lot to wrap my brain around, and I am sticking to the “cross that bridge when we come to it” mantra, taking each day at a time. Especially since we have some REALLY big personal stuff happening soon that is going to be nothing short of ENTIRELY life-changing…
So on that note, I think it’s finally safe to announce some big news that has been, errrr, ‘brewing’ for quite some time, now The last 31 weeks… to be precise! My husband and I are expecting a BABY!!! A boy, due March 2013!!!! To say we are “over the moon” is an understatement, but it does feel like the right expression these days, and I understand why people use it. It’s such a surreal feeling, knowing you are about to bring a new life into the world, and all the responsibility and joy that comes with that… And it’s definitely not even possible to put into words the love you feel for this person that you know is there, that you feel kicking and moving all around inside you, but that you haven’t quite met yet. Just the fact that I have no idea what he even looks like fascinates me on a regular basis! However, I do feel like I have a bit of a sense of his personality already- ha! I found this picture and it pretty much sums up who I picture when I imagine our little man, who is definitely a mini version of his daddy already, I am sure of it! So without further adieu… I leave you with this image, at the end of my first blog post of 2013, where I feel certain that I definitely saved the best news for last
Hey people! So I just found out that the episode of Bones I did awhile back will be airing in a couple weeks finally! Set your DVR’s for Monday, Nov 26, 2012 – for Season 8, Episode 8: “The But in the Joke” – it’s a good one!!! Click here for related article.
In other news, I am currently on location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada filming a comedy pilot called Satisfaction (for CTV). So far I am loving the cast and crew and feeling very excited about the entire thing. Am also really enjoying the city of Toronto. Though, admittedly, there is one large caveat I am sad to report. I recently learned that the entire province of Ontario has a ban on pit bull type dogs, which deeply disturbs me. While I am intensely against BDL- breed discriminatory legislation, click here to learn more - I have never felt it hit so close to home, and it really hurts. Basically, this means that if the pilot I am working on should go to series, and my family were to relocate here, they will most likely not allow our dogs into the province. Some cities (in the U.S.) have passed legislation which requires anyone who owns a pit bull type dog to get a special permit, pay for special insurance (as if we had a wild, Bengal tiger as a pet, not a domestic dog) and to muzzle one’s family pets while outside the home AT ALL TIMES… And this is similarly true here in Ontario for people whose pit bull type dogs have “status”– meaning they had them before the ban went into effect in 2005. However, we would be new people coming in, after the ban… so our dogs wouldn’t have “status”– aka, even if we paid the extra money and got the insurance and muzzled our extremely loving, well trained dogs, just to follow their rules (even though they have never done anything to warrant this) - we still wouldn’t be allowed to have them here. If we did bring them, they could literally be taken away from us (by law) and KILLED.
Can you imagine this?????
It’s really hard to summarize in a quick little blog post how heartbreaking this is (our dogs are our family, and they have done NOTHING WRONG!) Brucely is almost ten years old, incredibly docile, and we have had him since he was 3 months old when we adopted him via the South Los Angeles Shelter. He has never known life without us, and has been one of the brightest lights in our lives. Our dog Stanley is a street rescue, whom I met while volunteering in New Orleans several months post-Hurricane Katrina. He is now around 8 years old and has come so far since those days– truly having inspired and taught us so much. Together, they have been foster brothers to countless ACPB rescues whom we have sheltered in our home while we network them for adoptive homes. We love our dogs, and we can’t imagine not having them in our lives. Especially for a reason like this one: blatant, thoughtless, painful discrimination.
Discrimination in all forms (from dogs to people) only harms and hurts. When it comes to BSL (Breed Specific Legislature) or, better yet- BDL (Breed Discriminatory Legislature), more and more victims are created, and it does not solve any of the original issues people might have had for passing it. It also wrongly blames dogs instead of cruel or irresponsible humans. Just this past summer, the American Bar Association agreed and firmly recommended against breed BDL in general. Still… the whole thing makes me feel heavy all over… Threatening my innocent pets’ lives on account of… what? Ignorance, hysteria, misinformation, and myths? It blows my mind. Honestly, this subject calls for a much larger and deeper discussion. Which, in truth, is something I intend to have… With whom, and where and when, all TBD. Though a friend did recently send me this timely news article (see here) about MLB player Mark Buehrle who was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. I know his name well, since his family are fellow animal lovers who have experienced (and stood up against) discrimination before… So am already thinking I am going to have to meet these wonderful people and start an alliance! We need to spread some education and compassion… The dogs need our voice.
Rather than continue to try and TELL you why this is all so very important to me, I think it best to just SHOW you And so, I present our brand new PSA Campaign recently completed by the ACPB Media Team. It’s called “I LOVE MY PIT BULL” and below are the first 2 PSA’s in our 3 part series that highlights how all dogs are individuals, just like their owners. Please enjoy, and please do share, far and wide! Our positive, happy, loving stories deserve to be heard, too!
~Stephanie (Bruce & Stan’s proud mama- who appear in PSA #2 btw!) p.s. Make sure to click the button on the bottom right below to watch the videos in HD.
I Love My Pit Bull – ACPB PSA #2:
I Love My Pit Bull – ACPB PSA #1:
Ahhhhh! I can finally say it!!! I am the voice of a certain ass-kicking zombie killer in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which came out today! Even if you don’t play video games, how can you not appreciate a hot chick who takes out nasty flesh-eaters? Can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks.
p.s. Check out my character Misty on the back of the box and the poster:
Ooooooh!!! The trailer for Playdate is up and it’s so fun! Check it out:
It’s that time of year again! One week from today, on Sunday Nov. 4th, our non-profit pit bull rescue and advocacy group (ACPB) will be holding our 2nd annual comedy show fundraiser at the Improv in Hollywood. I am very excited to enjoy a night of laughter and love on behalf of the dogs! Please CLICK HERE to get your advanced tickets and learn more about who is performing and who, what, when, where and why we’re so dedicated to raising money and awareness. Special thanks to the lovely Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory for hosting this event alongside comedienne Rebecca Corry. Both ladies (and their amazing dogs) are featured in our soon-to-be-released PSA (something our team’s been working on for a few months now!) Can’t wait to show you that soon, too. Here’s to hoping lots of dogs get adopted, and even more hearts and minds are opened to the plight of our homeless pets out there, pit bull type dogs much included. xo xo xo Bruce & Stan’s momma
Well hello, and happy 10-11-12 to ya! I was thinking how cool it would be to be born on this day, particularly at 10:11am (or pm) but that is neither here nor there. Why am I writing today? Ahhh, yes, updates on the career front. Lots of fun stuff going on. I am currently writing from the set of the TBS show MEN AT WORK where they have graciously (and hilariously) wrote my character Rachel back in (see related article here)… and I cannot wait for you all to see this!!! It’s a great arc and a very funny re-entrance. I want to tell you all about it, but half the fun is the surprise, so I will refrain from divulging too much. That said, I definitely feel fortunate to be here. The cast are all so talented, funny, warm, and welcoming… and the writers have truly cooked up a great part for me (!) So I have been enjoying my time here immensely. Especially with the wardrobe department – what a team, I just adore them. Last week our director was Linda Mendoza, whom I hadn’t seen since Cavemen, so it was very fun to be reunited with her. And this week, we’re working with the lovely Barnet Kellman. All in all, very good times!
In other news, I also recently booked my 13th (omg) pilot – a CTV show called “Satisfaction” by the writer Tim McAuliffe (from the hit show “Up All Night”) and am excited to be leaving soon for Toronto to start work on that! The cast looks great, and small worldly enough, I will be reuniting with Vik Sahay, whom I recently filmed the horror movie WER with in Romania. (See related article in Hollywood Reporter here, if you’d like.) Promise to write more soon once I get there
All in all, it’s been a busy fall, with so much to look forward to in the near future. Playdate‘s set to come out in January, see more about that here. Plus our own movie, Absolute Fear, is finally being released later this fall.
Thanks as always for checking in, and hope all is well and good in your worlds.
Last week I wrote a blog for the Angel City Pit Bulls website about the experience of seeing our beloved doggie, Brucely, in cartoonized form on TV – on the show Young Justice It was a pretty cool experience for our family, which I am happy to share with you all as well! Below is the link to the piece, along with some way too cute pictures. Enjoy!
Oops! So it turns out the episode of The Mentalist (click here to see photo) that I was on aired last week, and I forgot to update the blog. Ahhh. So am trying to be better about this in advance of the next ones… On that note~ the pilot episode for MEN AT WORK (on TBS) will be airing later this month (on May 24th) so here’s your advanced notice, and a cute sneak peek pic from the episode
I still don’t know when the BONES episode (on FOX) I did will air, but I do know it’s called “The But in the Joke” … Click here to read a longer article.
Also, I have a bit part in an jam-packed action movie called Get the Gringo with Mel Gibson that is being released this month on DirectTV… Here’s the link if you want to check that out!
And I am leaving for Romania next week to shoot the movie Wer, which I am excited about… They pushed the dates back one more week, so I have been busy auditioning right now, along with doing some V/O work (lots of video games lately!!! Too bad I can’t talk about them- NDA‘s and all…)
Lastly, I have of course been very busy volunteering with my favorite non profits- Angel City Pit Bulls and the new Best Friends’ initiative, NKLA (p.s. Click on the pic to the left to learn more about how we plan to make Los Angeles a No Kill city- it’s pretty amazing stuff!)
Thanks as always for caring. Will write more soon, promise!
The last week of March was pretty incredible for me work-wise… I was shooting a guest star spot on The Mentalist, which started about 3 days after wrapping on BONES, and we were shooting on the beach up in Malibu, which is beautiful… but also translates to basically no cell reception for a great number of hours. When we finally did wrap, I grabbed my stuff, and started driving down the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway… and my cell phone lit up with messages. I started to listen to the succession of things that had happened since that morning… And it was honestly rather dreamy… I found out I had officially gotten a part in a movie called WER that I’d been auditioning for for WEEKS, and I also learned I had been offered the leading role in a movie I hadn’t even read yet- but sounded awesome- and they needed an answer that night! I was freaking out… I didn’t fully understand even what the project was… but I knew some of the people involved and I respected and trusted them… and so I had a very good feeling.
Now it’s a few weeks later and my life has been going 100mph so I haven’t had a second to sit down and process it til now! The second movie (which will also be released online via AOL as a series) has pretty much consumed my life since that day… it’s a dark comedy called PLAYDATE and it’s kind of like Mean Girls except with young moms, kind of? I play Amy, and it’s honestly the single best role I’ve ever had There is so much to work with and I tear up with gratitude every day when I drive home from work… I cannot believe I am #1 on the call sheet either, yes I am dorking out about this!!! It’s been just over ten years since I came to L.A. and for me this is an incredible accomplishment. I get to the end on SO MANY THINGS and it always seems that the part goes to a “Name Star” which is such a Catch-22, because you can’t really become a name without someone taking a chance on you. Of course, it’s also an intense responsibility- I’m in every single scene, and I have just under a billion lines to memorize. That said, I am grateful and present and aware of every single moment of it… and though it’s been challenging at times (since we’re shooting on a low budget and it’s a passion project for many involved) it’s truly been wonderful for me… I am loving my fellow cast members, our producers, our crew, and our director, the fabulous Melanie Mayron. And of course, our writer, Melissa, whose script cracks me up and makes me cry every day as I work like hell to bring it properly to life.
Moving on, I am scheduled to leave for ROMANIA (so exciting!!!) the first couple weeks of May to start shooting the other movie WER- which (thank dog!) had its start date pushed back due to scheduling conflicts with other stuff on their end- meaning I am able to do both (I still can’t believe they didn’t conflict.) I *love* this role also (it’s SO different!) as well as the people involved, and am really looking forward to doing it- and of course, exploring a new country. Plus, I will have just a couple weeks between the end of one movie and the beginning of the next which is kind of a dream come true for me also… Since the worst part about being an actor (for me anyway) is truly not knowing when your next job is going to come … so this has been pretty freaking fantastic all around. Especially after the crappy year I had last year. However, I am still grateful for that since it spurred me to get new agents which I believe is why I am seeing so much more work… and that change was long overdue, lemme tell ya…
Anyway, rounding out the cherry on the top is the great news that I booked several voice-over jobs as well recently, and my wonderful v/o agents have arranged it so that I can record these on my days off between the movies, aka I heart them very much! All in all, I am definitely reminded of the saying that in the business of acting, it’s typically FEAST or FAMINE. All I know is I am grateful to everyone who cares to support and believe in me (from friends and fam, to agents… casting directors, etc) and also that… well, all these analogies have made me kinda hungry. So yeah… I must go eat now- will write again soon when I have more career news to share- and thank you, thank you, thank you.. I am definitely not taking this moment for granted.
A couple weeks ago I shot a guest star spot on the hit show ‘The Mentalist’ and while I’d love to tell you all about it- I certainly don’t want to give any plot details away So for now, I will just say I had a good time (as always!) and I look forward to seeing it air in the coming weeks! It wasn’t as big a part as I had on BONES (which I shot the week before – which was SO FUN!) however it’s always nice to WORK, and the cast and crew were equally as lovely… Anyway- the episode is #422 and is titled “So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper” … and I might be playing a surfer. Maybe…