For viewers of CBC’s Workin’ Moms, seeing Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) finally get some wins and success has been very rewarding to watch. After struggling with postpartum depression in Season 1, Frankie turned things around in Season 2, has her real estate business doing better than ever, and even seems to be getting closer to new people, such as her former neighbor Bianca (Tennille Read). The two women seem to get along really well, and now Frankie is poised to really be there for Bianca, who has decided to try and get pregnant and have a child on her own.
In last week’s episode, Frankie helped Bianca with some rounds of self doubt and insisted she’d be there for her every step of the way. While only friends so far, there definitely seems to be something between the two women and we’ll have to see how the season plays out to see if a relationship develops. To get some more insight into what Bianca may be thinking, as well as what it’s like to join the Workin’ Moms gang, The TV Junkies recently checked in with Read.
The TV Junkies: What’s it like getting to join a show like Workin’ Moms? It seems like such a fun, supportive and tight knit group.
Tennille Read: Joining Workin’ Moms is pretty great. The cast and crew are incredibly friendly and supportive. Most of my scenes are with Juno, but there were so many instances when I’d run into other cast members in hair and makeup and they would reach out and make me feel like part of the family. It’s a positive group of people (both in front of, and behind, the camera) making a really funny and relevant show, and I felt a great sense of belonging, as well as having a space to bring my own creative juices to.
TTVJ: I really love the relationship that Frankie and Bianca have going on. Why do you think they get along so great?
TR: I like Frankie and Bianca’s relationship too! I think they get along so great because they are both easy-going people with a lot of heart. There’s a warmth to both of them and they just feel good in each other’s company.
Also, Bianca is making the big decision to have a child, and Frankie knows all about that. So It makes sense Frankie would take Bianca under her wing, and ease some of the overwhelming feelings and hormones Bianca has each step of the way.
TTVJ: One of the reasons that it’s so fun to watch Frankie and Bianca is that you and Juno seem to really work well together. What’s it like building that relationship on screen and working with her?
TR: Building this particular relationship on screen was very much like building a relationship in real life — in that you don’t know where it’s headed. I didn’t have all the scripts to Season 3 when we first started shooting, so I truly didn’t know how it was going to go. Ultimately, it came down to going moment to moment and seeing how it would unfold. It was fun to discover how our two characters fit together. I also enjoyed working with Juno because she’s down to earth and so funny. It was fun to discover in our working relationship what made each other laugh.
TTVJ: We saw last week that Bianca has made the decision to have a baby on her own through fertility treatments, something many women can relate to. What was behind that decision for Bianca and what did you think when you heard that was the direction the character was going?
TR: Bianca’s decision to have a baby on her own came out of her being single, in her late thirties, and having a huge desire to be a mother no matter what. I think there are a lot of women who can relate to the urgency of their “clocks ticking” and not being in the “ideal” relationship or situation to have a child. When I heard this was the direction the character was going, I was excited. I think it’s a courageous move to take your desires into your own hands and make them a reality. Also, to choose to be a single parent, and commit to making it work, well, that’s a strong woman right there! Even though Bianca has moments of hesitation, she ultimately wants to find a way through it, and I respect that.
TTVJ: It seems that those fertility treatments have already brought Frankie and Bianca closer together, despite their insistence that they aren’t together and happy single. Can you preview what’s ahead for them the rest of the season?
TR: It’s so true, anyone who helps anyone with their fertility treatments is bound to bond with them! It’s such a vulnerable situation to be in for the person trying to get pregnant! I can’t preview much about what’s ahead for them without giving away spoilers. But I can say that it’ll be enjoyable to watch their relationship expand and open up the idea of what constitutes as a family.
TTVJ: Do you have any upcoming projects or anything else you’d like us to know about?
TR: I’m in Atom Egoyan’s next film called Guest of Honour. I play the wife to David Thewlis’s character in a very compelling story about a father and daughter. I’m eager to see how it all comes together! It’ll premier sometime later this year.
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Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.