Today I am featuring an interview with the two creators behind the hot new web series “Running With Violet,” which they describe as a cross between “Thelma and Louise” and “Fargo”…but with a toddler! Hope you mamas will check out this series written and produced by ladies!
Marie-Claire: So partner!
Marie-Claire: So can you give Chic Mammas a sense of our story?
Rebecca: Absolutely! Running With Violet centers around two small town women who take off for a girls’ weekend with a toddler in tow but then get caught up in a small town meth ring. So they think they’re escaping their responsibilities and problems, but end up encountering a host of even bigger problems!
Marie-Claire: That’s always annoying!
Rebecca: Haha! Yes, after writing the series, I definitely never want to get caught up in a meth ring!
Marie-Clarie: Good point, me either! Hm…okay. What are a few facts about our series that ChicMamma.ca readers might find interesting?
Marie-Claire: That’s definitely interesting! Indeed, it was a crazy ride shooting with a toddler for 14 days, wasn’t it?
Rebecca: Not to mention my own toddler. Definitely up there as one of the hardest things I’ve done.
Marie-Claire: Are we nuts for attempting it?
Rebecca: A bit! Though I have to say leading up to the shoot, I blocked out the realities of what our days on set would look…like how I was going to stay on top of my lines (my actor job), keep the show running smoothly (my producer job), all while keeping Violet happy and safe (my Mamma job).
Marie-Claire: So are you saying it was harder than expected?
Marie-Claire: But we did come up with some fun strategies, didn’t we?
Rebecca: Yes, we got very creative on set as we navigated shooting with Violet! In fact, we stopped using her name whenever possible so we wouldn’t draw attention to her and freak her out. Instead, we started calmly saying, ‘little pinkie is approaching the set.’ And then instead of calling action we would say ‘let’s fry some potatoes!’
Marie-Claire: That actually worked!
Rebecca: Yes, we fried a lot of potatoes! It’s some good frying we did!
Marie-Claire: So many fries!
Marie-Claire: I think so! There’s lots of humour—more than you would expect considering the dark scenario.
Rebecca: It’s true, we find ways to bring the funny. For example, even when things get really serious, Violet still needs to pee and she can’t be without her screen time! And your character can be a bit ridiculous!
Marie-Claire: She can be a bit clueless. She starts off the series as an isolated housewife with an abusive husband–
Rebecca: –until she takes matters into her own hands!
Marie-Claire: In fact, some of the themes of our show include escape, finding freedom…
Rebecca: Finding freedom with a toddler!
Marie-Claire: That’s hard!
Rebecca: Yes, it is! I hope we’ve enticed you, Chic Mammas!
Marie-Claire: Please visit us over on our youtube channel to watch our episodes. The episodes are under ten minutes, so hopefully you can fit them in on a bathroom break—
Rebecca: Or when you’re hiding in your closet for some ‘me’ time.
Rebecca: You do what you have to do, MC! You’ll see!
Rebecca: Please watch and subscribe and tell your friends! We hope you love the show!