How the rock of The Family Crews spent her Mother's Day—and what's up with her talk show?
With the season finale of The Family Crews airing this Sunday at 8P/7C, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to catch up with Rebecca Crews. No offense to Terry, but Rebecca is the glue that keeps the Crews household together.
In the first of a three-part interview, Rebecca talks about adjusting from life in sunny Los Angeles to snowy Connecticut and the status of her talk show pilot. Check back later on Saturday and Sunday for more of our exclusive interview with Rebecca Crews.
How did you spend your Mother’s Day?
I went into New York with my husband and my three youngest kids. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton on Central Park and we shopped and had brunch at Sara Beth’s, which is this amazing restaurant four doors down. I had french toast with bananas and strawberries, like a big kid. I went shopping with my daughter Azriel, who is my style partner. We went to Bergdorf Goodman, got some Steven Madden shoes, went to Bloomingdales and I just bought whatever I wanted. We did a horse and buggy ride with the whole family. It’s funny because when we do those buggy rides, it’s like we are in a parade. Everyone recognizes the family and especially Dad [Terry Crews], so we’re like smiling and waiving at everybody like it’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day. The night before we went to Hill Country, which has the absolute best barbecue I’ve ever had in New York. We had cornbread, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, banana pudding and all this good Southern food that actors and showbiz people never get to eat. We had a great time and made a whole weekend out of it.
What’s the status of your talk show pilot? Is it still in the works?
It’s not in the works right now. But we are going to go back out pitching it. Essentially what happened is this: I went out pitching my own show. I had a meeting with Fox. NBC looked at my show and Oprah Winfrey’s network looked at it. Well, I got great response from them but the common feedback was I needed to be more well-known. Some of them were really interested in plugging me into a show with multiple hosts. I got into an audition with Oprah Winfrey’s network for a four-person talk show, a la The View. I went to the very last round of auditions but did not get into casting. I found out that they didn’t even make the show. I just heard through the grapevine that the whole thing didn’t fit for what they were trying to do. I was so excited for that and I was in there with girls that had done news and broadcasting for a very long time. I held my own and I was very proud of myself. The only downside was I would have had to live in Los Angeles while my kids and husband came to Connecticut. We say God works things out. I don’t know if that was God or the network, but I’m glad to be here with my family and I’m looking forward to making a way for myself that fits both my lifestyle and allows me to live my dream of doing a talk show. We’re working out some solutions that really work for us. One of the things that we’ve discussed is going radio/Internet first. Right now we have 1 million-1.5 million viewers on our show, and there are a lot of people familiar with me; I’m being invited to speaking engagements, and to appear at different places. Just getting a lot of offers—even book offers. I don’t doubt the talk show will come because it’s a lifelong dream to be a personality and within that framework, to tell other people’s stories. That’s the biggest part I love is hearing their stories. Whether they’re an entertainment icon or a woman who survived a hurricane. I believe every person has a story. I love seeing their faces as they share what they’ve gone through and hopefully as a minister, [I can] help people go through what they’re going through by sharing other people’s experiences.
What was the adjustment like moving from Los Angeles to the East Coast?
That was hard. That was really big for me. My favorite time of the year is summer and I loved Los Angeles because of its weather. I was very disappointed to be moving to where it would be cold, rainy, wet and gray. I don’t like gray weather … I’m, like, prone to depression [laughs]. I don’t want to be in dark, gloomy weather. However, Connecticut is very sunny—even in the winter. We had some really beautiful weather despite all the blizzards. We would have a snowstorm and 20 feet of snow and couldn’t go outside. Then in a short amount of time, it was all gone. We had three major storms this winter, which they say has been the worst they’ve ever had in 15 years. The people of Greenwich were very apologetic in saying we’re sorry because it’s never like this. We had plenty of snow days and the kids were home and down on the set with Dad. We’re doing well and glad that it’s warm now. It looks like we’re going to be here at least another half-year and still waiting to see if we will go past that. We’re enjoying it. We have a beautiful home and a great life. There’s nothing to complain about. It’s just a change of scenery. Because we love The Big Apple we try to go there and have a lot of fun. It makes it worth it that we uprooted and left everything we knew.
Tune in Sunday May 15 at 8P/7C for the season finale of The Family Crews.