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Eva Longoria gets an animation makeover

2013-11-07 18:30
Mother Up!
Los Angeles - Eva Longoria wants to shake up TV animation starting with one meaningful character: a woman stumbling through motherhood.

"I'm a fan of animation and I watch Family Guy and I watch American Dad! and you always see these really flawed fathers and the really perfect mom who is trying to hold the family together because the dads, they're just idiots," said Longoria.

Mother Up!
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She voices the character of Rudi Wilson in the 13-episode comedy Mother Up! which debuted Wednesday on Hulu and Hulu Plus. Longoria is also an executive producer of the series in which Rudi, a former Manhattan music executive, resettles in suburbia with her two children.

She's got street smarts but is fumbling in her new environment - when Rudi tries to compete in the can-you-top-this arena of kids' birthday parties, disaster results.

Mother Up!
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Got inspiration from 'mommy blogs'

Executive producer Michael Shipley (whose writing credits include Family Guy and American Dad!) was inspired by the "venting blogosphere" of mommy blogs that chronicle the perils of childrearing, Longoria said. Marnie Nir and Katie Torpey are credited with original material.

Shipley's approach is "a really fun, impressive way into poking fun at the different styles of parenting that moms have," said the former Desperate Housewives star who is a producer on Devious Maids.

The cast includes Jesse Camacho and Rebecca Husain as Rudi's children Dick and Apple, Gabrielle Miller and Cle Bennett as Rudi's pals and Helen Taylor as perfect mom Jenny.

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Need for funny women

A character like Rudi is overdue, Longoria said.

"People think that sometimes women aren't funny. And in animation, specifically, everything you see is male-oriented. It is a large male audience watching animation," she said. "But I don't think there's been anything women can watch that they can relate to and laugh at."

Mother Up!
(Photo: YouTube/Hulu)

Asked to compare Rudi and Gabrielle Solis, her Desperate Housewives character who had her own parenting issues, Longoria replies, "I think Rudi is Gaby on steroids. There's things we can do in a more comedic way in animation that we could never do in live action."

Check out the trailer for Mother Up! below:

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