Workin’ Moms’ Dani Kind on How Anne is Working Through Trauma

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Through three seasons of Workin’ Moms, viewers have certainly learned that Anne Carlson (Dani Kind) doesn’t do anything halfway. Most recently, that means some non-traditional self defense classes for her teenage daughter, Alice (Sadie Munroe) that reveal Anne may not be as healed as she thinks from the trauma she experienced last season at the hands of ex-husband Brad (Christopher Redman). She’s not only having problems with Alice wanting more freedom, but Anne’s trauma is now starting to spill into her new job as a therapist at a local university. Then, in this week’s new Workin’ Moms episode, airing Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CBC, Anne’s stress actually comes to a head as she fears for Alice’s safety.

In order to get a closer look at what Anne is dealing with and thinking this season, The TV Junkies recently sat down with Kind to discuss her character’s mindset. Kind, who also reprised her role as Mercedes Gardner on Wynonna Earp Season 3, shared why she thinks it’s great that there has been no magic fix for Anne this season and that viewers get to experience her working through everything. She also discusses the recent announcement that Workin’ Moms will be arriving worldwide on Netflix on February 22. While the show is currently available on Netflix Canada, this news means that the whole world will now get to see the Workin’ Moms gang.

 

The TV Junkies: First off, congratulations on the news that you guys are going global on Netflix! What’s that mean for you all?

Dani Kind: Thank you. It’s really incredible. With it being now on Netflix in Canada, it already feels like it’s cast this wider net and I’m getting stopped by a totally different demographic of people now when I’m out. It’s really, really awesome and now more people get to see it.

Also, the amount of Earpers who haven’t even seen the show and are already promoting it just makes my heart explode. I feel so touched. Varun (Saranga) did a podcast about this recently and spoke about it too, but just how everyone is so supportive, not just of Wynonna Earp, but other stuff the actors are doing. It extends through to even other Earpers and promoting what they are doing. It’s a never ending circle of kindness with that fandom.

TTVJ: I think “when is Workin’ Moms coming to the U.S.?” has been the number one question I’ve been asked over the last few years. I’m excited to be able to give that answer and I imagine you feel the same way.

DK: That’s so awesome though! I love that. Now you can say ‘shut up! It’s on Netflix. Now leave me alone!’ [laughs]

TTVJ: It’s been really great to see Anne and Kate’s friendship back and stronger than ever this season. Can you talk about where they are at this year?

DK: I really like the Season 3 opening scene of them at the lamaze class together, Anne supporting Kate through that and that Kate chose Anne to be that for her. The show, as crazy and zany as it is, has this way about being subtle in a lot of ways. These are such strong, capable women and don’t sit and tell each other how much they love each other. They love each other in a different way and their love looks very different. So them high-fiving each other in a lamaze class is a great expression of their love for each other and level of support for each other. Just the fact that they found each other again after such a crazy last season is so great.

TTVJ: It’s a real two-way street too. Anne is there for Kate at the lamaze classes, but Kate then is there trying to help Anne and tell her she doesn’t think taking this new job may be the best idea.

DK: They are totally there for each other and not scared to call each other out on their shit. Last season where Kate was thinking of having another baby, and Anne reminded her of all the reasons why she shouldn’t have another baby, until Kate said she was serious and then Anne just flipped and had her back. That’s my experience of friendship, people calling me out, being truthful and saying the things that are hard to say, but then fully backing me and loving me unconditionally.

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TTVJ: At the end of last season, Anne got a win against Dr. Brad, but it doesn’t seem like it was a swooping fix for her. Can you discuss how she’s still affected by that trauma and the show’s decision to have her continue to work through it?

DK: I think she was never really sure about that relationship with him, and after she got hypnotized by him, I don’t think she dealt with any of her shit. The way they wrote it and how it’s coming out now is so brilliant and cathartic. It goes throughout the season and she becomes almost manic with it, drowning a bit in her feelings. It’s great too because she’s a therapist and should have some sort of understanding about this, but it’s great to see her make a bunch of mistakes.

TTVJ: We’ve seen some of those struggles already both in her new job and with Alice and going all overprotective there. Will we get to see more of her in the new job this year?

DK: We do and we see her struggling. She’s terrified for her daughter and terrified that her daughter could experience something like that. It has become a very real thing for her now after her experience with Brad. Anne will deal with it the only way Anne knows how: aggression.

TTVJ: By the end of last week’s episode she and Alice reached a good understanding, but it sounds like there’s still more to come?

DK: Maybe. I can’t say, Bridget. [laughs] There is more to come because I don’t think any one self defense lesson will set up any young girl up for success, even Anne Carlson’s version of it.

TTVJ: Is there anything else coming up this season you wanted to mention?

DK: There’s a really great Val storyline coming up that I think everyone is going to love. It’s the first time we really get to dive into her background, personal life and love life. It’s really exciting and Sarah McVie just kills it. She’s so good in that character and that role.

 

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Workin’ Moms airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC and is available on CBC Gem.