Kyla Pratt sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of “At Home With The Creative Coalition,” a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with today’s biggest stars. In the newest episode, Pratt talks about the upcoming “The Proud Family” reboot, how she chose to take on the role of Randi in “Call Me Kat,” mental health, motherhood, and much more. Highlights below.
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On the return of old characters and some new additions on “The Proud Family”:
“I can’t give you too much, but I know that the list of guest stars is already out there. So it’s like, even knowing that we have, like, Tiffany Haddish, we have Lil’ Nas X, we have Billy Porter, we have Gabrielle Union. We have so many amazing, talented people that we’re so excited to have come and be a part of our show. And yeah, and my girls are back! L.P.D.Z., you know! And having to listen to Tommy scream, ‘Trudy!’ All that. It’s like, who doesn’t want to hear it? And, like, Tommy Davidson, who we’ve all grown up watching, you know, like, just being hilarious. I’m very excited for everyone to see, you know, the more that we have to come.”
On “The Proud Family” reboot and whether she’s changed her process since the original show came to a close:
“I don’t think my process has changed at all, but it was very exciting to get back in the booth and realize that I’m so much more confident with my voice now. And you throw something my way – I mean, I’ve always been that person. If you throw something my way, I handle it. I’m gonna get it done. But this time, it’s just different. I started to realize different things that I could do with my voice and dabbling a little more with animation, and realizing that, you know, Penny’s my regular talking voice, but there’s some conversations where Penny might have to, you know, switch it up a little bit. And me realizing like, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ Or like, ‘Oh, you need me to sing something? Need me to scream very, very loud?’ Like, ‘I got you!’ You know, so I feel like it just helped me see how much I’ve grown as an artist but hasn’t changed the process or anything. I think I just jumped right back into being her.”
On how she decided to take the role of Randi on “Call Me Kat”:
“I actually – Darlene Hunt, who I had worked with previously on a pilot, contacted me and let me know that I would be working with Mayim Bialik, and it was a sitcom, and she wasn’t sure when the show was going to go, and I said, ‘Okay, let me know.’ And when the opportunity came about, I’m like, ‘Okay, sitcom, I love sitcoms.’ Like, that’s what I’ve grown up doing. And who wouldn’t want the opportunity to work with Mayim Bialik? Like, you know, like she is amazing in so many ways. And so I joined the cast, and it took a while because I was hired on it very early. And finally, when we were about to start shooting, that’s when the pandemic happened. And it’s shut down. And I was like, ‘Really?… I want to work, and now I can’t.’ But then when we finally got it up, it became something that gave people that feel-good at a time where it was like, we need something to feel good, you know?”
On her passion for promoting mental health and its importance in motherhood and the entertainment industry:
“Oh, it plays a huge role. And that’s why, you know, a lot of people mentioned, you know, other actors and actresses who were child stars and really had a hard time. You know, it’s because it’s not easy, you know? It’s not a simple place. And to me, just anyone, anyone, anywhere, in any job in any situation – that’s why I love doing projects like this and talking about representation, so people don’t feel alone in this world. And, as long as you see somebody who looks like you, or acts like you, or maybe just is going through the same situations as you, or has the same crazy family member you have, you know, you kind of feel connected in a way. So I think that’s extremely important. Especially moms, you know? We give so much of ourselves and a lot of moms get lost in, you know, motherhood. And it’s like, ‘No, you have to take care of you in order for you to be able to be the best for them,’ you know? And no matter what that is. I know one of my things is, I had to talk myself into working out. I’m like, ‘Hey, it’s an hour. It’s an hour of your day. You can go, like, not focus on anyone else but yourself for an hour. Like, there’s 24. You’re good,’ you know… It’s only an hour! And I think the place I was working at, they’re like, ‘It’s 4% of your day, like come on, please get it over with.’ And I loved it because it was like, I would go intense workout, like 55 minutes and then I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m done.’ Like, you feel so good… You know, find it. Find your thing that helps you stay sane with all of the things that are going on in the world.”
More about “At Home With The Creative Coalition”
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “At Home With The Creative Coalition” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Upcoming guests include Justin Bartha (“The Hangover,” “National Treasure”), Wayne Federman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Tonight Show”), New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Isaacs (“Compromising Positions”), Melissa Manchester (“Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Through the Eyes of Love”), and Yolonda Ross (“The Chi”).
Previous guests include Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Shiri Appleby (“UnREAL”), David Alan Basche (“The Exes”), Asante Blackk (“This Is Us”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”), Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Ethan Cutkosky (“Shameless”), The Creative Coalition President and actor Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), Griffin Dunne (“This Is Us”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Michael Fishman (“Roseanne,” “The Conners”), Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Judy Gold (“The Other F Word”), Nicholas Gonzalez (“The Good Doctor”), Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), Evan Handler (“And Just Like That…,” “Californication”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Jon Huertas (“This Is Us”), Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Harry Potter”), Richard Kind (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Chad Lowe (“Supergirl”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show”), Rachel Mason (“Circus of Books”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), AnnaLynne McCord (“Let’s Get Physical”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters”), Molly Smith Metzler (“Maid,” “Shameless”), Marta Milans (“Shazam!”), Rob Morrow (“Billions”), Kathy Najimy (“Younger”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Haley Joel Osment (“Future Man,” “Entourage”), Joey and Daniella Pantoliano (“The Matrix,” “Memento”), Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jessica Queller (“Supergirl”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), Mona Scott-Young (“Love & Hip Hop”), Alena Smith (“Dickinson”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), Krista Vernoff (“Grey’s Anatomy”), KT Tunstall (“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” “Suddenly I See”), Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Alfre Woodard (“Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), Constance Zimmer (“Good Trouble”), and David Zucker (“Airplane!,” “Scary Movie”).
More about The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.