OMG! Can you believe it? What is it about me that this is the second role in which I have been cast to play a pregnant teenager?!!  Trust me when I tell you that in real life that is a part I would NEVER play!

With Allison Janney and Anna Faris, reading a pee stick

With Allison Janney and Anna Faris, reading a pee stick

Have you been watching MOM? (Shameless plug inserted here)  MOM airs on CBS every Monday at 9:30/8:30c and it’s really funny – so watch it!

When I found out the show got picked up I seriously could not have been more excited! (which is pretty much how I still feel almost every morning when I arrive at Warner Brothers Studio for work).   The whole thing is seriously unbelievable.

After we shot the pilot, I shot another episode of Melissa and Joey and then went back to school.  It was May and I was sitting in Coffee Bean having a drink with my friend before yoga when my cell phone rings and it is CHUCK LORRE!!  calling to tell me to go celebrate and have fun because MOM was going to series and we would start shooting at the end of July! So, I totally freak out for like ten minutes and then I go to Yoga and after that life goes on as normal.  I finshed my sophmore year at LACHSA, I went to Stagedoor Manor (theater camp), and did what I usually would do during the summer.

When I would tell people about the show, I almost felt like I was lying because it was too crazy to be real. Only it was real!! But it didn’t start to feel real for several months (and even now, only sometimes).

On July 29th I reported to work with the rest of the cast and met the crew, and my new set teacher.  Now, when I am not working on set, I am usually in my school trailer studying.  Working full time and going to school is a lot of work but, needless to say, totally worth it!   It does mean that I have to be extra diligent about managing my time and I have to sacrifice a lot socially, but it also means I get to do what I love most in the world and lucky for me, I get to do it with the best of the best!

As for  Violet’s teenage pregnancy, just like you I have no idea where the writers and producers are going with the story line.  I know a little bit more than you because we are filming the 8th episode this week and airring the third episode – but other than that – just like you, I AM DYING TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! What do you think?

This is basically how the show works:  MOM is taped in front of a live studio audience on Friday night (if you are going to be in the LA area you can get tickets at audiencesunlimited.com).  Late that night, after we wrap, we usually get next week’s script.  Then on Monday morning we have what is called a Table Read.  At the table read, the cast reads the script with the director (at a big table thus, the  name) for the writers, producers, and network executives.  The writers and producers take notes and then they go back and re-write the parts of the script that they think they can improve.   Every day we rehearse and then the writers and producers watch a runthrough of the show and take notes.   Every night we get a new script with new changes and edits, and the episode gets funnier and tighter every day.  Even on Friday night, in front of our live studio audience, the writers and producers are still watching and taking notes and writing new lines for us to try right on the spot!  So far, Violet is definitely pregos but it is still early and anything could happen.

Will Violet actually give birth to a baby? I have no idea.  But, I’ll tell you a little secret… I recently became a teenage mom in real life and it was the best decision ever!  I just adopted an adorable two year old little boy named Benji and I love him more than anything!!  Here he is doing homework with me in my room…

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Isn’t he the cutest thing ever?

But seriously… to any teenagers that are watching the show and reading my blog, I just want to say that on MOM, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy and drug abuse are hysterically funny, but in real life they are no joke.  While Violet (my character) is doing drugs, drinking and being sexually active, Sadie the person is busy learning lines, rehearsing, studying, going to acting class, yoga class, doing homework, and working on planning a fundraiser for Bags4kids.org.  The only TV show that Violet would probably ever be on would be Jerry Springer and that is not really what I had in mind for my career! LOL!  So, if you are a teenager and you really want to be a mom, my advice is to go rescue a dog!!

Guess that’s all I got.  Hope you are watching the show and cracking up.   If you missed it, or forgot to set the DVR,  you can watch it online now at http://www.cbs.com/shows/mom/   so NO EXCUSES!  Go check it out.

And if you tweet – follow me on twitter at @sadiecalvano

969842_380784238693249_1801107811_nI am so excited to being playing Violet, Anna Faris’ teenage daughter on MOM – the new CBS comedy from Chuck Lorre, premiering on 9/23 at 9:30pm …

Check out this clip of my awkward moment with my (tv) mom and VOTE for MOM!!

http://www.cbs.com/shows/fall-previews-2013/fanticipate-fall/tab/1/N2iuYpT_V4sXJqYS8TrxR4odlHYOtrEi/

You can find more previews and behind the scenes interviews here:

http://www.cbs.com/shows/mom

And then, like and follow us on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/MomCBS

Justin Long and Octavia Spencer will be guest starring and the cast and writing is amazing! So, please set your DVRs and get ready to laugh!

Although the pilot I shot in December  (with Jennie Garth, John O’Hurley, and Rachel Cannon) was not picked up by ABC Family (BOO!!!!) you can still watch it on the web at http://vimeo.com/39024851  (YEAH!!!)

If you like it, tweet me at @sadiecalvano and let me know!!

“Where did you get the idea that you aren’t allowed to petition the universe with prayer? You are part of this universe…You’re a constituent—you let your feelings be known.  So put your opinion out there.  Make your case.  Believe me—it will at least be taken into consideration.”

— from Eat Pray Love

I got this idea from my mother who was reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s, “Eat, Pray, Love.” She must have told me about this part of the book a hundred times. So, this is an experiment. It is my official Petition to God asking to please provide me with creative opportunities that are right for me, and to give me the chances I need to realize my dreams and determine my destiny.  I want this more than air. I am putting it out there!   Here is my petition…

 To all the good forces that exist in this Universe: I and most everyone who knows me already believes that acting is my destiny and something I was born to do.  I love to act and to have my work, like all true art, move those who witness it.  Thus, I am asking the universe to please create for me the opportunities and vehicles I need to grow and flourish as an artist and to inspire and affect my audience. 

 I humbly implore God, the cosmos, divine grace and/or whatever influences our universe to help me to attract these opportunities into my life and give me the strength and guidance to actualize my dreams and I, in return, vow to search my soul and give the most honest and dimensional performances possible, to be kind and generous and to live my life so to be deserving of these opportunities. 

 Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully,

Sadie

 In Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert lists all the people she thinks would sign her petition and I do this, too.  However, since this is a blog, I ask you to please “like” my petition…maybe even leave a comment.  Please help me to summon the energy of the universe and the magical powers of the collective consciousness to open new doors in my life so that I may live my dream.

 Thank you, all, in advance, for your support and love! Your karma shall be repaid!

 “Destiny, I feel, is also a relationship – a play between divine grace and willful self-effort. Half of it you have no control over; half of it is absolutely in your hands, and your actions will show measurable consequences.”

—Eat Pray Love

 I am working on my half and petitioning for some divine grace! I am ready – bring on the consequences!

"Cast of Village People"

My amazing cast

 I am still smiling from such a terrific week at Sunset Gower Studios on the set of Village People last week. This was my first time shooting a multi-camera show – which means live with a studio audience – and it was so much fun!  Everything about this experience was terrific – the script was great (written by the wonderful Meg DeLoatch), the director was fantastic, everyone in the cast was so crazy talented and so fun to be around, the sets were gorgeous, and I got to do what I love best!    "Eric and Ione"

After Ione’s boyfriend (Eric, played by Chase Ellison) breaks-up with her in the hospital, Ione decides to give her baby to Alexa (Jennie Garth), who ends up adopting not only Ione’s baby, but takes  in Ione, too!  The story is funny with plenty of aawww moments and it seemed like the studio audience really liked it.  The pilot was directed by the uber-talented Jamie Widdoes, who brought with him his wonderful crew from Two and a Half Men.  Filming live with a studio audience is so much fun, especially with my family and so many friends in the audience to support me.  Because this was a pilot, there were also lots of writers, producers and network executives there to watch the taping so the set was full of energy which made an already great night even better.  I am still pinching myself to make sure I am not dreaming.   

 For my character, Ione, it seems like things are turning out great however, for many real foster kids, things aren’t so great.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have an Alexa Landon rescue them.  Even when foster kids do end up in wonderful loving homes, the transition is difficult and painful.  That’s why Bags4Kids is such an amazing charity.  Headed by the loving LaJuana Moser, this non profit organization brings comfort and love to children who feel alone and scared.  Especially now at the holidays, they need help more than ever so check out their website www.bags4kids.org and find out how you can make a difference.       OH! and I have a twitter now – so follow me @sadiecalvano I hope to have more exciting news to share soon but for now, its back to reality – and its finals weeks – so, I better go crack the books.

11-11-11 was a BIG day – a HUGE day… J. EDGAR opened nationwide (my first feature film) and I was cast in the new abc family pilot, VILLAGE PEOPLE, starring Jennie Garth (WOOT-WOOT!).  The show is sort of like Juno meets Parenthood.  My character, Ione, is a 15 year old kid who is in foster care because her parents robbed a jewelry store and went to prison.  Remarkably, Ione is relatively undamaged by all this drama, and is smart, funny, thoughtful and articulate…oh, there is one small problem though…  I am seven months pregnant.  In the show!  Again, like the smoking thing – this is my character – not ME.  Anyway, Ione is stupid enough to get pregnant but smart enough to know she can’t raise a child, so she finds someone, Alexa (Jennie Garth), to adopt the baby.  The script is super funny and I cannot wait to meet the rest of the cast and start working on it!

It is also super cool because for the past couple of years I have been involved with this charity called BAGS 4 KIDS that puts together comfort packs of stuff to help foster kids feel less scared and alone when they are taken into the system. So, playing a foster kid who puts her baby up for adoption will hopefully give me a chance to raise awareness about how people (like YOU!) can help make a difference in a foster kids life.  You can learn more about how you can get involved at www.bags4kids.org  Check it out!

I guess Mr. Eastwood and his editors agreed that having a fourteen year old girl smoke a cigarette sent a very bad message – whether or not it was historically accurate and so, you will not be seeing me smoke in the movie after all.  Instead you will see me doing one of the things I do best and love with all my heart – EATING! haha   

Behind the scenes of J. Edgar

from J. Edgar with Leonardo DiCaprio and Judi Dench

Here we are shooting the scene I am in that made it into the final release.  The dinner takes place just after J. Edgar’s father passes away and in the scene his mother presents him with a sapphire ring that matches one that she wears and which Edgar wore until his death.  That may not be very clear in the movie, but that’s what the scene was about when we shot it.

Oh – and while the meals they serve the cast and crew are generally delicious and one of my favorite things about working on tv and film projects – the food they give you to eat when you are actually filming a scene is almost always disgusting! And this scene was no exception.

I am Sadie Calvano, the young actress who plays J. Edgar’s niece in the soon to be released bio-epic, J. EDGAR. 

In the movie, I act as if smoking is cool, and try smoking a Lucky Strike with my uncle.  But, when I am not acting, I think smoking is majorly UNCOOL – and would never smoke a cigarette – even if it was with Leonardi DiCapprio!

The cigarettes we used on the set were props, made of some sort of herbal mixture that doesn’t fill your lungs with tar and nicotine but, if you haven’t heard – the real ones can kill you.

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 3,000 young people become regular smokers every day, which is more than one million new smokers a year!   The CDC also reports that Teens who smoke are three times as likely as nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times as likely to use marijuana, and 22 times as likely to use cocaine.  Smoking is also associated with numerous other high risk behaviors, including fighting and having unprotected sex.’  (Information taken from an About.com article by Vincent Iannelli, M.D.)

Enough boring details, bottom line: smoking is GROSS! It smells bad, it makes your teeth and nails yellow and it puts the people around you, who have to breathe your second-hand smoke, at risk. 

I remember when I was about 8 years old going to see this exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and they had a smoker’s lung that was all black and disgusting.  The docent told us that if you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for a year, it was the same as drinking a whole cup of tar! How gross is that?

I like Steve’s Martin’s line.  When someone asks you, “Mind if I smoke?”  Just reply, “No, mind if I fart?”  At least the farting won’t kill you!