Jun 30 2014
In case you haven’t gotten enough of the “Blossom” reunion on the internet, on Kveller, or elsewhere, I wanted to share some behind the scenes pictures from my “Blossom” days. “Blossom” is returning to Hub TV Monday, July 7. Hopefully, these will jog your memory in the best way and not make you feel old!
1. Me, Joey, and Jenna at my high school graduation celebration on set.
My mom arranged for a little graduation “party” for me on set when I graduated from high school in real life. That’s our beloved director Bill Bixby behind me and Jenna. Read the rest of this entry →
Jun 23 2014
The four of us (me, Jenna, Joey, and Michael) had not all been together in just about 20 years. Michael, Jenna, and I had done an appearance on the TV show “‘Til Death” maybe five years ago, but Joey was not involved in that. Joey and I did an Old Navy commercial a few years ago, and Jenna and I have been communicating, largely about breast feeding and being moms, since her daughter was born two years ago. We even wrote a joint post about our relationship and on her website, The Cradle Chronicles. Michael and I were always very close and I’ll admit he was always my favorite! He and I have gotten together here and there over the years and more recently, we’ve socialized more.
In some ways, the four of us grew up together. When “Blossom” started, I was 14, Joey was 13, Jenna was 12, and Michael was, as he likes to say, “older.” We spent five years together on a set which meant that we saw each other more than we saw our families or our outside friends. We had in-jokes aplenty and we were together for some very important years of our development. Getting back together this way was like one big social party. We joked a lot, Joey did impressions of Johnny Carson and Jon Lovitz which made me laugh just as it always did. Jenna remembers a lot of funny stuff that I have forgotten and Michael remains the person who makes me laugh the most with the wisest insight about everything it seems. We have not had cause to be together this way in 20 years and I don’t think an informal get together would have produced the same kind of hilarity as filming these promos for Hub Network did. This was simply how it all evolved for us to get back together and I am grateful for it! Read the rest of this entry →
Jun 11 2014
You asked for it, you got it. Not that I had anything to do with it….but… “Blossom” is coming to HUB TV!
The show has never formally been in syndication even though it ran for five years and people liked it and all of that jazz. Shout Factory released the first and second seasons on DVD, but never released seasons 3, 4, or 5, so our little show sort of fell into a black hole it seemed.
Well, now you can watch all of my humiliating coming-of-age stories and fashion styles from 1990-1994 from the comfort of your very own home! You can watch me go from gangly 14-year-old to gangly 19-year-old. You can see my first kiss (with Stephen Dorff) and you can see me kiss Johnny Galecki, too. It’s all such good times when it’s not you watching yourself be awkward and gangly, right? Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry →
Jun 9 2014
Photo via The Survivor Mitzvah Project
This is so random and so cool, I just had to share it…
When I was on “Blossom” for our first two years, we had this female director named Zane Buzby. I know, cool name, right? And she was super funky and quirky and creative and she was the driving force behind our early seasons, 100 percent.
Anyway. Fast forward all of these years, and I find out that she started an incredible charity organization called The Survivor Mitzvah Project that supports and gives resources to the thousands of Holocaust survivors who never got out of Eastern Europe and still live there, many of whom are destitute. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 18 2013
What many people remember from “Blossom,” besides the hats with sunflowers which my character sometimes wore, is the relationship between Blossom and her best friend Six, named so because her “father said that’s how many beers it took.” The actress who played Six was two years younger than me and her name is Jenna von Oy.
Jenna is now a mother of a toddler, and although we had spoken sporadically over the years since the show ended, Jenna’s becoming a mom started a new phase of our relationship. I was able to do some breastfeeding counseling for her (I am a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor) and we have shared a lot about our parenting and lives in the past year. In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month a few months ago, we decided to start a dialogue which we would post jointly here and on her website. Some of it is about our lives, some is about our parenting, some is just us catching up.
You can read my interview of Jenna below, and you can read Jenna’s interview of me on her website, www.cradlechronicles.com. I know it’s not a full “Blossom” reunion, but we think this might be a tad more interesting than seeing us try and dance like teenagers as grown adults while wearing flowered hats, floral dresses with vests, and those little clips that cinch the vest and clunky shoes with scrunched down socks.
Actually, come to think of it, that sounds incredibly interesting. I’ll get back to you about making that happen. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 1 2013
Leaving the Svedka party.
1. I got tendinitis due to my continuing recovery from my accident and doing “too much” too soon.
2. I was “grounded” by prematurely grey hand therapist from driving my new Audi for now, since it’s a stick shift. I listen to him. I’m a compliant patient.
3. I am back to typing one-handed. Fancy Assistant Brandon may be used for me to dictate posts to for the next few weeks.
4. Back to full compression glove to manage the swelling.
5. Saw “Life of Pi.” Loved it, but highly recommend reading it, as well as Yann Martel’s other amazing novel about animals, Jews, and the profundity of existence, Beatrice and Virgil*.
6. Made my first “celebrity appearance” last night at a “Throwback Thursday” 90s pre-Valentine’s bash at a very popular LA bar, sponsored by SVEDKA Vodka (yum). It was actually pretty fun, and I got to hang out and pose for pictures with Joey Lawrence!
7. We told our sons what “divorce” means and it was actually a very gentle and loving and non-traumatic conversation. Phew.
*If you buy anything on Amazon by using these links, a portion of the profits will go to support Mayim’s writing on Kveller.
Feb 13 2012
Turns out Zooey Deschanel and Mary Kate Olsen pray to “Blossom” as the utlimate founder of the Quirky Girl’s Club. Check out the sketch from this past SNL! Thanks to The Shmooze for writing it up. (For impatient viewers, you can skip ahead to the 3:00 minute mark.)