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Chelsea Kane’s now super-svelte character, Riley, in the new ABC Family show “Baby Daddy,” was called “Fatpants” by childhood friends.
Believe it or not, the actress’ real-life former nickname is even more humiliating.
“My nickname in high school was ‘Captain Granny Panties,’ which I immediately regret telling you,” Kane reveals to The Daily News. “I was one of the last girls that was still rocking the granny panties.”
In the sitcom, premiering Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Kane plays Riley, who’s had a secret crush on her bachelor friend Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) since they lived next door to each other as kids.
A baby girl is dropped off at Ben’s door by an ex-girlfriend in the first episode, and it turns out the kid is his.
He ultimately decides to keep and raise his daughter, Emma, with the help of his brother Danny (Derek Theler), and friends Riley and Tucker (Tahj Mowry).
At first, the guys don’t know how to handle the child and rely on Riley to take care of her. Kane, 23, couldn’t soothe a baby to save her life before the show.
“I’m actually not a natural with babies,” she admits. “This is my first time working with babies, and before the show, I had never held a baby. There was really no one in my family with a little one around.
“Everyone was constantly teasing me behind the scenes because on the show, the boys are supposed to look uncomfortable and I’m supposed to have that maternal instinct, how to handle baby Emma,” Kane adds. “But behind the scenes all the boys have nieces and nephews and little brothers and sisters, so they were playing with the babies, and I was just so terrified that I was going to break her or hurt her or do something wrong.”
The first time Riley lifts Emma up on the show is the first time Kane picked up the baby playing her.
“I was so scared,” she says. “But this has been an amazing experience. There’s something so adorable about watching three good-looking grown men do anything they can to make this little girl smile. And I definitely have had that maternal instinct kick in.”
These days, Kane can’t get enough of the twin girls who play Emma. “Now, we wrap at the end of the night and I’m still holding her,” she says.
While growing up in Arizona, Kane took part in a regional theater program in Phoenix. She had her first starring role in a 2007 theatrical movie, “Bratz: The Movie,” and later appeared in the Disney Channel’s Jonas Brothers series “Jonas L.A.”
Kane finished in third place on the 2011 spring season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
She’ll get to use her dance skills on the upcoming ABC Family Original Movie “Elixir,” which she filmed in October.
“It’s still in the works; it will be premiering next spring,” Kane says. “It’s a musical. We were able to sing and dance.”
Shooting the film for ABC Family led to her job on “Baby Daddy.”
“I’m just so happy to be a part of the family now,” Kane says. “It’s been a real exciting couple of months.”
ABC’s newest comedy, “Baby Daddy,” is the latest entry in TV’s throwback to the multi-cam heydey of the ’90s. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the sitcom follows a twentysomething bartender named Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) who finds out he’s a father when an ex leaves their baby on his doorstep.
Hilarity ensues when he and his roommates — BFF Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and professional hockey player brother Danny (Derek Theler) — decide to raise the little one together.
“It’s basically like an updated, more modern version of ‘Three Men and a Baby,” explains Mowry. “So you’ve got these three guys in their 20s … living in New York City, trying to live the life that 20-year-olds do, and we have a baby on our doorstep now.”
Zap2it sat down with the cast to discuss the difficulties involved in filming a TV show with babies and the love triangle that develops between Danny, Ben and their childhood friend Riley (Chelsea Kane), who, along with the boys’ impossibly young mother (Melissa Peterman), is enlisted to teach the clueless guys a thing or two about being a responsible adult.
Turns out it’s quite easy to work with babies when your child actors are as adorable and patient as the twins who play Emma. “If this little girl was left on my doorstep, I’d be a parent right now because there’s just soemthing about her that you fall in love with.”
That backfires sometimes, though, when everyone just wants to play with the cute kid. “You’re upstaged all the time,” Kane says. “Melissa and I have a very thick skin because the minute the baby comes on stage, it’s like, ‘We don’t care about you anymore, what is the baby doing?'”
As for the love triangle, Riley has harbored an unrequited crush on Ben for years — too bad Danny’s totally in love with her. “No one wants to ruin the friendship, so no one’s speaking up,” Kane says.
Tucker, meanwhile, knows about the whole situation and likes to instigate trouble.
On paper, the choice seems easy: “It’s hilarious to me, because here’s Riley, and there’s the one brother who’s 6’5”, a professional hockey player, gorgeous, and then there’s the single father bartender who she’s totally hung up on,” Kane says.
But Ben has no idea. “Ben’s clueless to the fact that Riley likes him and that [Danny] likes her. I’m just taking care of [Emma].”
“She’s the important girl to him,” Theler interjects.
Says Bilodeau, “Exactly, she’s my girl.”
“Baby Daddy” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC Family. Check out Zap2it’s video interview with the cast belowCLICKING HERE.
I am so excited to see Chelsea Kane back on TV and in a regular ABC Family series. She’s returning this Wednesday, June 20th, in the new series ‘Baby Daddy‘. Chelsea plays Riley and in this Q&A with the media, she talks about her character, working with a baby and how the ‘Baby Daddy’ cast has hit it off.
On what she liked about her character Riley: I loved the character of Riley the minute I read the script. I think the thing that first interested me overall was the entire Baby Daddy concept. I thought it was just absolutely adorable, and the script is really funny, and it’s very rare that you get a script where you’re actually laughing out loud just at the lines on the paper, and I definitely had that with Baby Daddy, so immediately I was hooked.
On her favorite moment of filming so far: Oh, gosh, it’s hard to pick. I think probably some of my favorite moments—we’re such a tight knit cast. We really got lucky that everyone hit it off completely and I think that’s so rare and so special. So when you get us all together in a group, it’s hilarity in twos, and we actually just shot an episode where we’re all in different Christmas costumes, and just the laughs behind the scenes and watching me walk around in a giant gingerbread costume was pretty funny, so we have a good time.
On if her character interacts with the baby a lot: I do have a lot of interaction with the baby, which is amazing. Working with a baby is so much fun. First of all, having a little one around just brings such a light to the set and such a different energy. It’s really fun to watch all these big crew guys and these cute, hot young actors kind of go out of their way to make this little girl smile. They doing like goo-goo, ga-ga faces and it definitely makes our set a really happy place.
On the cast meeting each other for the first time: The very first time we all met was on the set at shooting the pilot back in November, and that was really cool, especially since there are so many young actors on the show, I feel young Hollywood is a very small town. It’s a small world. Everyone seems to know each other or knows something about each other or someone’s dated someone and there was none of that with this cast. We were all kind of walking into this completely blind having no idea what anyone else is about.
The fact that we’ve hit it off the way that we have is just amazing. I can’t tell you how much I love these people, and I hope they feel the same way about me, but it’s not those relationships of like I really enjoy going to work. It’s definitely that, but it’s also after work, we love to go out. These people I’ll call in the middle of the night if something is wrong and I need help. They’re so amazing and everyone has such great families and friends and we’ve really become a tight knit group, so I have no doubt that we’ll be going through a lot of things in life together on screen and off.
On if it’s been hard transitioning from Disney Channel star to other projects: I feel like I’ve been very blessed and this transition has been very easy for me and exactly the way I wanted it to go. I loved being on Disney Channel. It was the best time of my life. It was such a wonderful place to grow up. I loved Jonas and the Jonas brothers and everyone that I was able to work with over there. I just feel really lucky that I’ve been able to kind of stay in the Mouse House.
I went from Disney right into Dancing with the Stars on ABC and then from there, I started working with ABC Family almost immediately. I love that, because I love my fans over at Disney Channel, and I think we’ve been through a lot together, and I’m so happy that we’re all able to continue on the same path together.
Originally published: June 19, 2012 5:45 PM
Updated: June 19, 2012 6:59 PM
By DIANE WERTS. Special to Newsday
SITCOM PREMIERE “Baby Daddy”
WHEN|WHERE Wednesday night at 8:30 on ABC Family
REASON TO WATCH Cute baby! Cute guys, too. And a cute chick.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT Three men and a baby. Two secret crushes. One funny grandma.
And one adorable baby. She’s left in a basket on the doorstep just a minute into this tale of a rootless dude (Jean-Luc Bilodeau, “Kyle XY” brother), his hunky, hockey-playing brother (Derek Theler, “90210”) and the seemingly requisite minority-race best friend/ wacky roommate (Tahj Mowry, “Smart Guy,” also brother to the sister twins).
What will they do? Turn to the best friend/girl category (Chelsea Kane, “Dancing With the Stars”), who harbors a thing for rootless Ben, even before he becomes Instant Dad. Turns out brother Danny has his own thing for her. And then mom barrels in, in the form of sitcom pro Melissa Peterman (“Reba”).
MY SAY They’re actually all sitcom pros here. “Baby Daddy” knows the drill, and borrows from the best. The pilot setup echoes “Friends” with the formerly fat jokes (Kane fat, ever?), the funky New York apartment (sittable fire escape!), even the handy cafe meeting place.
Add jokes involving baby spit-up, duct tape, hockey superstitions, a girlfight and, as Yoda would say, a sitcom have you.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Baby Daddy” is predictable, and then not, and sugar sweet, and then more safely sugar-free sweet. It knows when to drop a punch line, when to work the awww factor, and when to get all Sentimental Message Time about characters learning to believe in themselves.
BOTTOM LINE It does well what standard sitcoms do. Happy be you.
By Raechal Leone Shewfelt
Crush: Hollywood’s Next Generation
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 4:29 PM PDT
In the new ABC Family series “Baby Daddy,” we see Jean-Luc Bilodeau’s character Ben struggling (hilariously) to take care of a baby that an ex-girlfriend has left on his doorstep. And the actor, who also starred alongside Miley Cyrus in the movie “LOL” and on the ABC Family’s series “Kyle XY,” said that’s not much different than what happened in real life when he met the young twins who take turns playing his daughter in the sitcom. “First day on-set was the first day I ever had to chill with a baby,” Bilodeau, 21, told omg!. “I have no younger nieces or nephews at all. I have no younger cousins… But definitely the first episode wasn’t fake at all. My anxiousness and nervousness about holding the baby was totally real.”
Another cast member, Tahj Mowry, the younger brother of “Tia & Tamera” twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, had a much easier time. After all, his sister Tia’s son Cree turns 1 this month. (Tamera is expecting her own baby boy on October 30.) “Ask anyone in our cast, who is best with a baby? And they’ll all say me,” Mowry, 26, explained with a laugh. “No, I’m actually really good with babies. I always have been, though. Babies have always liked me. I guess it’s because I’m not afraid to make stupid faces or anything. And I’m like a big kid myself.” Mowry plays Ben’s friend and roommate Tucker, who he describes as stylish and funny with “no filter.” The guys are often a trio, hanging out with Ben’s older brother, played by “90210” actor Derek Theler. The gals on the show are Chelsea Kane (“Dancing With the Stars,” “Jonas LA”), who plays Ben’s friend since childhood, and Melissa Peterman (“Reba”), who plays Ben’s mom.
Complicating things is the fact that Kane’s character secretly has a crush on Ben, while Ben’s brother is actually the one with the crush on her. “There’s a lot of miscommunication and fear of ruining friendship,” admits Kane, who’s been romantically linked to “Laguna Beach’s” Stephen Colletti. So would Kane, 23, ever profess her love for a friend? “I know for me, it’s just way too hard to go through life not telling someone how you feel. [But] I think sometimes it’s scary, it’s like, I would rather have that friend … who knows me better than anyone, so I think it’s a tough situation. It’s what every great love story is all about.”
Are you planning to watch “Baby Daddy”?
“Baby Daddy” premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
And since Derek loves his hoodies, we wanted to know — hood or no hood?
Tomorrow is the big day when “Baby Daddy” premieres on ABC Family. I can’t wait for you all to check it out and tell me what you think. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to be on set with me — Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Melissa Peterman, Derek Theler and Tahj Mowry are all amazing and hilarious. I love them!
Check out my exclusive behind-the-scenes videos from Chelsea Cam of us being sillly.
Don’t forget to set a reminder to catch the premiere, tomorrow, June 20 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC Family!
Here’s some exciting news for you Baby Daddy fans: Chelsea Kane (Riley) is going to be joining us this Wednesday for a live chat! Yup, YOU get to chat right here with the actress who plays Riley. Just post any questions you have here and she will answer as many as she can.
Riley will be joining before the World Premiere of Baby Daddy. She’ll be here live at 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST to talk all about Baby Daddy — and maybe even tease what to expect during the first season! We can’t wait to see what she has to say — and to see the awesome questions we are sure you guys have. Feel free to leave questions starting NOW in the comments section below, but don’t miss the real blog party action –complete with our special guest! — WEDNESDAY at 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST.
Make sure to VOTE for Chelsea Kane for Teen Choice Awards 2012′ Choice Summer TV Star: Female! Head over to: http://teenchoiceawards.com/ and register to VOTE and vote every day for her!
Baby Daddy Stars Receive Teen Choice Award Nominations!
Authored by: Chris
Hey guys, we have some super exciting Baby Daddy news. ABC Family’s new original comedy was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards! Baby Daddy star Jean-Luc Bilodeau was nominated for the Choice Summer TV Star: Male award, and the always fabulous Chelsea Kane received a nomination for Choice Summer TV Star: Female. We are so excited for Jean-Luc, Chelsea and our hilarious new show!
What’s super cool about the Teen Choice Awards is fans just like YOU decide who wins. If you love Jean-Luc and Chelsea, you can vote for them to win a Teen Choice Award right here! Vote every day and be sure to tell all of your friends to vote, too. Plus, you can go back and vote once a day per category!
The Teen Choice Awards will air on Sunday, July 22.
Watch the world premiere of Baby Daddy on Wednesday, June 20 at 8:30/7:30c after an ALL NEW Melissa & Joey!
The cast of ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” has some fun dancing on set. “Baby Daddy” stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Melissa Peterman. Premieres June 20, Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c.
When Chelsea Kane and “Dancing With the Stars” partner Mark Ballas finished third in the finale voting last May — won by Hines Ward and Kym Johnson — she was, of course, disappointed.
But after spending time here filming a television musical for ABC Family, she gained understanding.
“Coming to Pittsburgh, I had no idea what ‘Steeler Country’ was like, and I’m actually glad I was so naive going into ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ because I feel like I would have handed him the Mirror Ball Trophy right at the very beginning,” she said, laughing.
Fan base? Oh yes, the Steelers have one. And by association, Ms. Kane has one at Heinz Field as well.
She and some of her castmates from “Elixir” — a fantasy of song, dance, reclaimed youth and, of course, happy endings — visited the sidelines Oct. 9 when the Steelers defeated the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field. Of all the contestants in last season’s “DWTS” cast, Ms. Kane said her new BFF was Mr. Ward.
“I got to go down on the field, and he threw me a pass, which, oddly enough, I caught,” Ms. Kane said Sunday during a photo shoot break. The seven principals from “Elixir” were posing for stills at an estate in O’Hara, where on a blustery Pittsburgh afternoon it was supposed to be sunny springtime at a villa in Italy.
British actress Jane Seymour plays Harper, a dancer whose once-promising career was cut short by injury. She is given a mysterious elixir that allows her to be her young self again (played by Ms. Kane), just in time to try to stop her daughter (Sara Paxton) from making what she believes will be a terrible mistake.
Unlike “The Dark Knight Rises” and “One Shot,” big-budget thrillers that have filmed in Pittsburgh during the past four months, “Elixir” has quietly danced its way across Allegheny County and surrounding areas.
Much of it has been staged at the O’Hara estate, which sits atop a leafy bluff overlooking the Allegheny River. All those trees are beginning to turn orange and red, but they were green when the shoot began about a month ago. Filming is expected to wrap up in a week or so.
“It’s a little challenging, but it’s worked really well,” said Gaylyn Fraiche, one of Elixir’s producers. “The city is beautiful. There are a lot of things we look at, like the [Panther Hollow] bridge, and say ‘Hmmm, we would not have gotten that in L.A.’ ”
Other locations have included Hartwood Acres, Frick Park, Schenley Park, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Consol Energy Center and the historic mansion at Linden Hall in Dawson, Fayette County.
There also was a big production number filmed at the Benedum, where choreographer Michael Rooney and the cast held some dance rehearsals.
The Pittsburgh Film Office maintains a database with more than 20,000 images of houses and area locations. “We have many houses on file,” said director Dawn Keezer, “and we have a large number of large homes. But that [O’Hara] house is very special.”
“In normal situations, you would stay in one location and you would shoot out all of those days,” Ms. Fraiche said of dealing with rain. “But the [owners] have been really great, so accommodating to us, really lovely.”
Everything has been shot on practical locations, without building soundstages.
“And that’s the best,” Ms. Fraiche said. “You save money by not having to go onto a soundstage, not having to build rooms on a soundstage.”
Who needs a to build elaborate rooms in an Italian villa when the makings are already there in the house?
A downstairs family room with a sweeping vaulted ceiling had been redone to resemble a grand master bedroom. With its pale blue and cream color palette and vintage furnishings, it resembled something out of Vanity Fair.
Ms. Seymour, looking impossibly tiny in a pale lavender dress, perched on a light blue sofa there and talked about her first visit to Pittsburgh.
“I went to see Cirque du Soleil yesterday, and I’ve seen ‘Wicked,’ and we’ve got tickets for ‘Electra.’ … The dancers I dance with [in the film], I think four or five of them are from Pittsburgh, and that was fun.”
She, actress Adrienne Bailon and several others got a private tour of The Andy Warhol Museum on a quiet Monday.
“I learned so much,” Ms. Bailon said, describing a lesson in silk screening.
Turns out there is a bar on the South Side called Elixir Ultra Lounge — “Which is the greatest name of all time, unbeatable,” added actor Alexander John DiPersia — that the crew has adopted as a weekend hangout. Actor Drew Seeley has done a great deal of sightseeing on foot and said he was ready for the adventure of public transportation.
“There’s a subway? It goes out to the suburbs, right? Name a good stop to get off.”
Although this has been one of the rainiest September/October periods in Pittsburgh history — which has caused scrambling to adjust schedules — the slow turn from summer to autumn was a welcome change.
“I love to watch the colors turn, but we don’t love it for the film because it’s supposed to be springtime,” Ms. Seymour said, smiling. “It was 40-something degrees the other day in the middle of the night and with the wind and the rain, it was beyond unbearable. You feel like a very, very sore skeleton. I needed some blubber.”
“Everything is so beautiful with the change of seasons,” added Ms. Paxton. “I grew up in Los Angeles. We don’t have that. Our seasons are ‘warm, hot, fire and coldish.’ ”
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