What happens when all you want to do is give your kid the perfect birthday and everything goes awry? That’s what Beth (Dani Kind), the mom at the center of SYFY’s upcoming The Banana Splits Movie, is dealing with when it airs on Saturday, October 12 at 9 p.m. Beth takes her son Harley to see his favorite TV show, The Banana Splits, live, but things take an unexpected turn when the body count starts to quickly rise. Will Harley, Beth, and their family be able to escape safely?
For Kind, who many know from her fan-favorite roles on Workin’ Moms and Wynonna Earp, the movie presented the chance to get into the horror genre for the first time. She recently spoke to The TV Junkies about her experience shooting the movie, which required her to relocate to South Africa for a month for shooting. She shares what that experience was like, as well as how it served as a great bonding time with co-stars Steve Lund (Schitt’s Creek, Street Legal) and Sara Canning (Remedy, The Vampire Diaries). Kind also previews what fans should expect from Season 4 of Workin’ Moms when it returns to CBC in early 2020.
The TV Junkies: How did you come to be involved in this project and what made you want to be a part of it?
Dani Kind: It was just a regular process and I had an audition for it. They saw a lot of people here in Toronto for it. Honestly, I’ve never done a horror film and thought that was cool. I also have never worked in another country. I got to go to Budapest in December, and so then going to South Africa for this seemed cool. I think the experience of working in another country with local crew shouldn’t be passed up, really.
TTVJ: I’ve spoken with some of your Wynonna co-stars, Tim Rozon and Katherine Barrell, about shooting in South Africa, and they both said what an amazing experience it was. How was your time there?
DK: I don’t know if I could do it again because it was a month away from my kids. My kids are so little so that was very hard and eye-opening for me. I realized a month is too long and too long to be away from them.
But to be immersed in another culture was really something. We got to tour Nelson Mandela’s prison, and I would just get up and walk on my days off and watch. It’s so different than here in Canada, but then in other ways it really isn’t. It was just a really amazing experience.
TTVJ: What can you share about the character you’re playing, Beth?
DK: Beth is a mom of two boys, a teenager and a younger boy who is still stuck on a kids’ show called The Banana Splits. I learned that was an actual show, which I cannot believe, and we watched footage from the actual show. It’s just crazy that that show was ever made. The intro alone? Crazy!
Beth is a mom who has a son from a previous marriage, is now remarried and has another son. She’s just juggling that and wants to give her kid the greatest birthday he’s ever had, but it doesn’t turn out. At all!
TTVJ: You’re not the only cast member that fans of Canadian TV will recognize. Who else is joining you in this movie?
DK: Oh you mean Steve Lund? Steven Lund! Not bad at all to look at and a really great guy. We had so much fun together and he brought so much joy to that character. I got to punch him in the face for the movie and it was so fun. He’s a really, really cool dude, and I think he was an athlete, so is really aware of his body and how to use it in a comical way. I think he should be doing more comedy because he’s hilarious. Sara Canning is also in it who is just wonderful!
We had a month together and Sara and I would help each other with self tapes. It was all the minutiae that goes on after spending so much time together. It was really cool and nice to be outside of your city and create a little family. We’d have dinner together and go exploring together. They are really good people and I was very lucky we all got along so well together.
Romeo [Carere], who plays my teenage son, is such an awesome dude. We took the piss out of him every day, but he’s so much younger than us that he sort of became our little brother. It was a really big experience for him because he’d never been away from home. It was just the four of us together everyday hanging out. It was so cool.
TTVJ: Are you a big horror movie and Halloween fan in general?
DK: No, not at all. I can’t even watch a horror film. I have a really hard time watching them because I get too scared and can’t shake it. So I never watch horror films. Never. Ever!
TTVJ: This role seems like it has a physicality level to it that you maybe haven’t had as much in other things we’ve seen you in. Was that the case and how did you like that?
DK: I haven’t done a lot of stunt stuff before. I’ve only done a little bit and would like to do more of it. I only dipped my toe in the water a little bit for this, but it’s so fun. I like being physical.
TTVJ: Are live shows with your kids now forever out? No Paw Patrol: Live in your future?
DK: They’re actually going to Paw Patrol very soon! [laughs]
TTVJ: Now that Workin’ Moms is a huge hit worldwide and you’ve finished shooting Season 4, what can you share about what to expect there?
DK: I don’t know what I can say about other characters, but the only thing I’ll say about Anne is that she has a new look this season.
TTVJ: But your hair is still red?
DK: I don’t know…I can’t say.
TTVJ: This sounds like it’s going to be like the blonde hair in the Season 2 flashback episode that threw me so much!
DK: Right? It’s pretty jarring! This look is equally as jarring, but in a different way.
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The Banana SplitsMovie airs Saturday, October 12 at 9 p.m. on SYFY.
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