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Q&A with the Hilarious Cast of The Real O’Neals #ABCTVEvent

I am new to watching the ABC show The Real O’Neals but recently did a binge watching over a weekend and fell in love with the show. I mean how could you not?! They are the most imperfect Catholic family that makes it so much fun to watch. It kind of reminds me of growing up as a Catholic family where we tried to be portrayed as a religious family where my mom would make it seem like we have the perfect family when we really don’t. If you haven’t checked out an episode yet, be sure to tune in to ABC on Tuesday 8:30/7:30c.


About The Real O’Neals

ABC’s new comedy The Real O’Neals is a fresh take on a seemingly perfect family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Mathew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.

The Real O’Neals was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Todd Holland, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. The Real O’Neals is produced by ABC Studios.

We had a chance to sit down with Matt Shively (“Jimmy”), Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi”), Noah Galvin (“Kenny”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat”), and Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor, and Stacy Traub last week for a little Q&A. Not only are they hilarious on-screen but off-screen as well. Here is what they had to say.


Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Let’s Talk about the Hair

So we had to talk about Jimmy’s hair on the show and wondered about the slick back look and how it started. It turns out that he went into the audition with his hair like that as it was his current style and the producers liked it so much that they kept it that way. Matt is ready for Jimmy to change his hair on the show and jokes daily with the produces to change his hair such as have an episode where “Kenny” gives him a makeover and his hair changes. While the producers agreed that would be a good episode they mentioned that they would then change the hairstyle back to it brushed back. Looks like Jimmy’s hair is here to stay.

mary and matt

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Keeping Busy

Filming finished in January for The Real O’Neals so now the cast is staying busy until the second season begins. We asked what they were doing to stay busy. Matt Shively (“Jimmy”) and Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi”) mentioned they both got a dog on the same day that is keeping them busy. Matt sent a text to Mary with a picture of his dog and she sent a text back showing Matt a picture of her dog. Now they say their dogs are best friends and have play dates often.

jay and noah

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Audition Process

Next we sat down with Noah Galvin (“Kenny”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat”) and asked them about their audition process. Noah’s audition was very different as he worked with a casting assistant in New York that sent a tape to the producers in Los Angeles. They then flew him into Los Angeles to do camera tests. And as it turns out he was perfect for the role and was casted for the part. Jay’s audition was non-existent as he was already working with ABC studios and they asked him to play the dad on The Real O’Neals. Of course he accepted and is perfect for the role.

the real o'neals cast

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

The Cast is Like Family

While it sounds like the cast is very close it is actually true. All of them get along well and turns out they all started out at child actors. Some started in theater and others started on TV which is very similar. It turns out that in between scenes they actually have a place they hang out and play games together unlike going back to their trailers. And often they eat lunch together while enjoying each other’s company.


Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

How Did the Show Come About

Sitting down with the Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor, and Stacy Traub we asked them how the idea of the show began. The idea came about when David and Casey worked with Dan Savage. They wanted a show that was based loosely on a gay kid growing up in a Catholic family and that is how the idea for The Real O’Neals began. To come up with new ideas for the show they actually use some ideas from their lives into the show such as the camping episode where Jay and Matt do a boy battle. That something that the executive producer David and his son do.

book club


Episode 104 – “The Book Club”

Last week I got the chance to screen tonight’s episode called “The Book Club”. Without spoiling it for you all I can say is that you must watch it tonight on ABC at 8:30/7:30c. I promise you will laugh and see the truth behind the book club and where they talk about real topics in life.

the real oneals photo opp

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Don’t forget to watch the show live or within 3 days on your DVR for the ratings to count so we can see another season of The Real O’Neals!

Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #CaptainAmericaEvent #JungleBook #ABCTVEvent #AdventuresInBabysitting #TheCatch and #TheFamily event.  All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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