Sigourney Weaver: Extraordinary Role Mommy

Picture 78.pngI recently got the chance to interview one of my favorite leading ladies of all time – Sigourney Weaver! As one of the most versatile actresses on the planet, Weaver has appeared in everything from sci fi blockbusters to dramas and comedies (“Working Girl” is by far, one of my fave movies of all time). Last year, she took on a challenging role when she starred in the Lifetime original movie Prayers for Bobby. The film is based on the book, Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son, by Leroy F. Aarons, which shares the true story of the life and legacy of Bobby Griffith, a young gay man who killed himself due to his mother’s and community’s religious intolerance. The film stars Ryan Kelley as Bobby Griffith and Sigourney Weaver as his mother, Mary.
“Prayers for Bobby” was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards (Outstanding Made for Television Movie; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Sigourney Weaver). Sigourney Weaver was also nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award, as well as the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award.
The film was recently released on DVD and Weaver hopes it will be shared at libraries and schools across the country. She says the movie shows how a parent’s judgement can be detrimental to their child’s personal growth and self esteem. “Mary was frightened and put off by Bobby’s homosexuality – she lost her courage. Children need the courage to trust them. I’m hoping it will help send that message. Her story absolutely hits home.”
Weaver revealed that she battled self esteem issues as an adolescent and that’s part of the reason why she has tackled such powerful roles in her career. She says, “One of the reasons I’ve played so many strong roles is because I was 6 feet tall when I was 11. I was really dorky and terribly self conscious – it was a miracle that I became an actress. My parents ultimately gave me the encouragement I needed to set me free.”
While she’s won numerous awards and has incredible range as an actress, Weaver confided, “I was rejected by the Yale Drama school – they said I wasn’t talented.” Despite this early setback she says, “Something about these terrible experiences can actually be quite productive and set you in motion.” She also says that in light of her personal childhood experiences, she relates to individuals who feel like outsiders. “I have often felt like that and it’s not a good feeling. I think we’re now in the era of not fitting in.”
While her career has spanned more than three decades, Weaver has managed to juggle motherhood too. “I think my daughter is a sweetheart,” says Weaver who adds that her daughter doesn’t like her talking about her in interviews. “She’s a lovely, outgoing, wonderful person and I find that I’ve learned many lessons from her. You’ve got to be there when she needs you and you better not be there when you’re not needed. You can’t be a helicopter parent. You need to trust your child to make good choices about difficult topics.”
If you’re as a big a fan of Sigourney Weaver as I am, you’ll be thrilled to know that she’s featured in seven movies next year! She says, “As an actor, I’m trained for the theater, I can play small parts and big parts so I get sent everything. These days, men and women are interchangeable. I’ve starred in five science fiction films – all big ones. I’ve got seven movies coming out this year – horror, sci fi, action, dramas. I’m really having a blast.”
And that dear readers is why Sigourney Weaver is truly an extraordinary Role Mommy!
Time for a giveaway…
We’ve got five DVD’s of Prayers for Bobby that we are giving away. Comment now with your email address and you could be a winner! All winners will be randomly selected.

Holiday Entertaining with Shawn Rabideau

ShawnR_050_Lg (1).jpgDon’t have time to read, then we’ve got just the solution! Listen in to our latest Blog Talk Radio interview with party planner extraordinaire Shawn Rabideau, spokesperson for who shares some great tips for entertaining your guests, festive decor, recipe, drink ideas and much more.
Check out this link to see additional holiday tips featuring experts from
And here are some simple how-tos from Shawn Rabideau that you can be use year round.
Plus, our co-host for the day, Kristin shares the inside scoop on her “Gulliver’s Travels” in person roundtable chat featuring Jack Black, Jason Segal and Emily Blount. And, I fill listeners in on my interview this week with Sigourney Weaver and my once in a lifetime meet and greet with Donny and Marie.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to listen, learn, laugh and enjoy!

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Once you’ve listened in to our show, please comment now with your name and email address! Five lucky winners will receive a $75 gift certicate to so comment now and you could be a winner!

Ultimate $1000 Gift Giveaway from “The Talk”

Picture 92.pngThank you to everyone who participated in our ultimate Twitter Tuesday event for “The Talk.” We bet you’re wondering who won our giveaway…well check out the Twitter handle below and follow her because she came out on top!!!
@4evamamii – Wins all the goodies from “The Talk”
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Runners up include:
*Our five runners up will receive a $75 gift card to 1-800-Flowers
Thanks again for participating! More great giveaways and parties to come in 2011!
Just in time for the holidays, we are thrilled to offer the latest giveaway opportunity for our readers. As many of you know, we have been working to help spread the word about “The Talk,” a new daytime show on CBS hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
Each Tuesday, we’ve been hosting Twitter parties along with “The Talk” sharing what’s on the minds of moms in the Twitterverse and on Facebook too. In an effort to thank everyone who has been so supportive of the show, we are going to be hosting the ultimate Twitter holiday party on Tuesday, December 21 at 4pm ET/1 pm PT – yes 4 pm (not 2pm) so that we can include those of you on different coasts that watch the show later than us east coasters! Visit, enter #TheTalk, follow @rolemommy and you will be good to go!
Check out this fabulous clip that Joey Fortman put together featuring her shout out on the show:

If you’ve been watching “The Talk,” you may have seen Dr. Gadget – a tech guru who has shared his ultimate gift picks for moms. Earlier this season, Dr. Gadget gave away over $1000 worth of gifts to the entire studio audience – from a printer to a vacuum cleaner to an e-reader and this Tuesday, one lucky Twitter party participant will get to win these prizes! Take a look…
DXG Riviera 720p HD Camcoder
Retail Value $149.00
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Epson Artisan 725
Retail Value $199.00
Oreck Platinum Pilot
Retail Value: $599.00
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Literati by The Sharper Image
Retail Value: $159.00
TEMPTU Perfect Complection Set
Retail Value: $280.00
Giveaway Requirements:
1. In order to be entered to win all these gifts, please fill out this form.
2. Next, comment on this blog that you’ve entered and share why you’re loving “The Talk” this year.
3. Join us at 4 pm ET on Tuesday and use the hashtag #TheTalk. Make sure you follow @Rolemommy. We’ll be asking a series of questions throughout the hour relating to the show and hosts. All you need to do is comment on at least one question to qualify to win and then we’ll be selecting a winner at random.
4. You must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S. to be qualified to win.
5. Once you’ve been selected as a winner, you will need to fill out a legal agreement from “The Talk.” All of the taxes for the gifts have been handled by the participating vendors.
So get ready for the ultimate Tuesday Twitter party!!!!