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‘UnWrapped’ Podcast: Kristin Chenoweth, Rosie Perez and Jasmine Cephas Jones Talk Family Dynamics On and Off Screen

The stars of “Schmigadoon!” “The Flight Attendant” and “Blindspotting” dig in on how their personal childhood traumas and family dynamics affect their work

Every family has their problems – even ones that are meticulously crafted in a writers room. And during this episode of WrapWomen’s “UnWrapped” Podcast, actresses Kristin Chenoweth (“Schmigadoon”), Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (“Blindspotting”) discuss how their recent roles shine a light on the everyday challenges of motherhood and marriage through humor, heartfelt dialogue and even a few musical numbers.

Whether it’s Chenoweth playing the uptight, hostile leader of “Mothers Against the Future” in “Schmigadoon!,” Perez trying to reunite with her on-screen son in “The Flight Attendant” or Cephas Jones exposing the effects of incarceration on families, all three characters are fierce mothers – and don’t particularly care if you agree with their parenting styles.

During this episode, the women also opened up about their real-life family dynamics growing up and how that impacts the work they’re doing today. 

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Chenoweth, who was adopted, hopes to use her platform to tell more stories about adoption, and admits that played a huge role in her “Schmigadoon!” character. Perez, on the other hand, grew up as a ward of the state and describes her childhood as “something out of a Charles Dickens novel.” But, thanks to time and therapy, she has been able to address the trauma, and says it has made her a better person and actor. 

Meanwhile, Cephas Jones grew up with a famous actor as a father (Ron Cephas Jones) who helped her learn and hone her craft. In 2020 they became the first father-daughter duo to win an Emmy in the same year, and for Jasmine, the honor was really “a symbol of what we’ve been through together.”

Episode Highlights: 

  • Kristin Chenoweth digs in on why she thinks actresses are forced into a “fear-based” box when it comes to complex – and often villainous – characters
  • Rosie Perez discusses working with “The Flight Attendant” writers to reshape the dialogue and dynamics between her character Megan and her husband. 
  • Jasmine Cephas Jones opens up about the trickle down effect of incarceration on families and the pressures of telling their stories on screen
  • Kristin Chenoweth who was almost a victim of the Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, talks about the chills she got when returning to the scene of the crime in her new show “Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders.”
  • Rosie Perez says her childhood was “something out of a Charles Dickens novel,” but therapy helped her become a better actor
  • Jasmine Cephas Jones says “Blindspotting” co-star Helen Hunt taught her to speak up for what she needs

About “UnWrapped”

“UnWrapped” is a monthly podcast produced by WrapWomen, dedicated to empowering the next generation of women in media and entertainment. Each episode “unwraps” topics from entertainment news and industry trends to career advice, Hollywood headlines and more. 

Special guests include industry leaders, actors, producers and studio execs. The aim of the series is to connect those looking for knowledge and access to those with the knowledge and access, providing the WrapWomen community tools to succeed in their personal and professional lives.

New episodes of “UnWrapped” drop the last Friday of every month. You can listen on TheWrap.comWrapWomen.comSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAmazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. 

About WrapWomen

WrapWomen is a power base of influential women from entertainment, media, technology and brands committed to changing the face of their industries. Through media and live events including the BE Mentorship Conference and flagship Power Women Summit, we provide a platform to accelerate the vision of women who are building towards a more equitable world. Our events attract a broad network and community of professional women who are decision-makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists. 

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