Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent

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As part of the #McFarlandUSAEvent blog team, I got to do some pretty cool things thanks to Disney.  All opinions, as always, are 100% my own!

Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent | Optimistic Mommy

I’m excited to share with you another post about the fun stuff I did while out in Los Angeles, California!  Saturday evening, as part of our #McFarlandUSAEvent, after dinner at delicious Don Cuco (which, by the way, has the best chicken tortilla soup EVER!), we headed to Disney Channel Studios to preview Bad Hair Day and we got to do a Q&A with Leigh-Allyn Baker who stars in the movie and is the executive producer as well. My full review of Bad Hair Day is coming on Friday so check back then for that.  Today I’m sharing the fun interview our group got to do with Leigh-Allyn Baker!

Let me first say, Leigh-Allyn is super fun.  She had us laughing from the time we met her before the movie, during the movie, and throughout our entire interview.  I fel like Leigh-Allyn could be your best friend.  She was just that great!

Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent | Optimistic Mommy

Leigh-Allyn had fun viewing the movie with us:

It was really fun for me to watch it with all of you because I’ve never seen it with an audience.  It was really refreshing for me.  I sat for six weeks with an editor for this movie and you see it so many times and in the middle of it you think ‘Oh, this is a great movie.’  And then after you’ve seen it a hundred times you’re like ‘Eh, it’s okay.’  So you totally don’t know – you lose perspective.  So it was such a fun ride to watch it with you guys and feel your energy and hear you predict different things or get a kick out of things.  It was really interesting.

The inspiration behind Bad Hair Day:

There was a script that was taken, as you can see there are many writers on it, taken to Disney Channel.  It was quite different from this [version] but it was a teenage girl and a male cop and what I hear from Disney Channel is that they thought if there is an adult that we would try something new, like a film that has an adult in it for the first time.  Let’s try it with Leigh-Allyn, see if she’s interested.  So that’s when the inspiration started forming on what we wanted to do with this movie and we wanted to first and foremost make people laugh but really, secondly, it was really important to us to grab people’s heartstrings and give a really good, unique, and empowering message.  As you can see I feel like this film is fraught with comedy and heart and a great message for girls.  You know, she doesn’t end up with her Prince Charming.  She chooses MIT.  Heck yeah, she does!

I loved that Disney Channel wanted a movie that they could enjoy too.  When my daughter is older, I hope there will be more movies made where I can watch them with Riley and enjoy them as well.

Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent | Optimistic Mommy

BAD HAIR DAY – Disney Channel viewer favorites Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Good Luck Charlie”) star in “Bad Hair Day,” a buddy comedy about a high school tech-whiz whose prom day abruptly shifts into a wild ride across town, thanks to a down-on-her-luck cop and a jewel thief. Leigh-Allyn Baker also executive-produces this Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). (Disney Channel/Phillippe Bosse)

As far as Leigh-Allyn becoming an executive producer, it was a challenge for herself:

I felt it was very tempting to see if I had it in me to see something built from the ground up and to be brave and be bold to put my vision and not hide behind somebody else’s vision but put my own out there and see how it went.  I just wanted to see what other creative elements I could bring to this.

Does Leigh-Allyn want to do more producing?

Honestly, I can’t see one without the other.  I really can’t.  I mean, I’m not ready to not be acting because as you can see, I have so much fun.  I don’t know what happens to me but there’s this other thing that takes over my brain and I’m just having a blast and I just start saying things.  Sometimes I think, did that just come out of my mouth?  So, I really can’t see one without the other at this point.

Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent | Optimistic Mommy

Photo Credit: Erica Chao/Mamas Mission

Leigh-Allyn has done producing, acting, and voiceover for video games.  We asked her what she likes doing the most:

My favorite was this.  To produce, to executive produce and act because you really get to have your hand in all elements.

With a movie title like Bad Hair Day, you may be wondering when Leigh-Allyn Baker has had her worst bad hair day.  Don’t worry, we asked that question, too!

When we did the promos for this.  They turned me around in the mirror and I was like, huh, irony.  Wow.  Yeah, that would be it.

Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent | Optimistic Mommy

Disney Channel’s “Bad Hair Day” stars Leigh-Allyn Baker as Liz and Laura Marano as Monica. (Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico)

What’s next for Leigh-Allyn Baker:

We shall see.  I would like to develop my own series, actually.  I’m working with another gentleman my age who used to be on the Disney Channel.

As a mother, I know I’ve always wondered how actresses balance work and life.  Here’s how Leigh-Allyn does it:

I learned that in season one of Good Luck Charlie.  I remember going to work and just missing my baby.  I just had Griffin, my oldest, and I remember just missing him terribly all day and then when I got home I was rocking him to sleep at night, my favorite part.  And I remember looking at him and I was thinking, Oh, I can’t believe that I missed this at work and I missed that and I should have been focused.  And I realized, Oh my gosh, I’m not a hundred percent at work and I’m missing the enjoyment there and I’m not able to be a hundred percent with him here.  I’m missing the enjoyment here.  From there on, simplicity rules.

Interview With Leigh-Allyn Baker of #BadHairDay #McFarlandUSAEvent | Optimistic Mommy

Photo Credit: Andrew Kardon/Mommy’s Busy

After the interview, Leigh-Allyn was sweet enough to take individual photos with all 25 of us.  I thought that was so great of her.  She really is a wonderful person and it was interesting hearing about her experience producing and staring in the movie, as well as hearing how she balances work and being a mom.  And, one of the best parts for us bloggers, is that she really understands what we’re doing.  Some people just don’t get bloggers, but Leigh-Allyn does.  She was wonderful and replied to a lot of our tweets the next day.

Bad Hair Day premieres on the Disney Channel this Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 8pm EST!  Don’t miss it!  You and your children will love it.  And don’t forget to come back Friday, as well, to read my review of the movie!

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    This sounds really cute. I can’t wait to see this.

  2. I’ve never heard of this movie! SOoo cool you got to see her and the event sounds so fun!

  3. OMGosh cannot WAIT to see this with the fam. We LOVED her in Good luck Charlie. Thanks for sharing this!!

  4. This sounds like a movie that my niece would love. Almost everything she watches is on the Disney channel.

  5. We will definitely have to watch this. That is just some crazy hair!

  6. This sounds like a really cute movie!

  7. That is so cool that you got to go and do this! So fun! Also, I love her Mickey shirt 🙂

  8. Very interesting interview! Sounds like she’s in the right business for sure!

  9. This sounds really cute and exactly my kind of humor. I can’t wait to see it!

  10. Great interview! I love Leigh-Allyn Baker and all the shows she is in!

  11. One of our favorite shows was Good Luck Charlie and were sad to see it end. I would love to have interviewed her! Lucky you!

  12. What a great question on motherhood! Simplicity does help, but sometimes you can’t just say no to work

  13. What an awesome experience! My kids love Good Luck Charlie and it’s one of those shows I was roped into watching but secretly enjoyed! Def going to check out this movie.

  14. That’s awesome that you got to interview her. She’s a great actress! I use to watch her in Good Luck Charlie. I want to see the Bad Hair Day movie as well. It looks like it’s going to be funny.

  15. This looks like such a cute Disney Channel movie. I might just have to give it a watch!

  16. Oh my this movie looks like a barrel of laughs for the whole family! I can’t wait!!!! I will be back to see your review!

  17. SOunds like such a fun movie! I thin it is too mature for my daughters, but I know I would love to catch it with my niece!

  18. She is one of my favorite Disney actresses! I think she is great in Good Luck Charlie!

  19. This looks like such an awesome movie! And what a fun even to attend!

  20. Looks like such a cute show! Wish we had Disney Channel! What a cool interview experience!

  21. Carly Anderson says

    This sounds ADORABLE!

  22. That sounds like a fun movie. I’m sure I wouldn’t mind watching it with the kids. She sounds like a really cool actress. Very down to earth. Makes you want to support her movie.

  23. How cool that you got to meet her! I love her!

  24. How fun is this!?! This sounds like a great movie and yes, I need her Mickey shirt! 😉 I have a super cute Minnie Shirt, but nothing from Mickey. 😉

  25. I just watched the preview for this the other day. Looks funny!

  26. That is so cool that you got to do this interview. the movie looks awesome!

  27. You met such cool people! Kinda jealous 😉

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