Thursday, June 13, 2013

June Secret Subject Swap - Take Two! Casting Call!

It's that time again, Secret Subject Swap time!  Karen from Baking In A Tornado organizes this great shindig for bloggers to step outside their comfort zones and have some fun!  This week, 12 brave souls each picked a secret subject for someone else to write about, and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style.  I love the "in their own style" part;  you see your prompt and then get to write about it in any way you choose.  Not like in high school where if you don't answer the question the exact way the teacher meant you lose half the credit.  Stupid.  Nope, this is totally individualized and creative and Fun!  We're all simultaneously divulging our topics, so put your feet up and check out everybody's creativity!

 
 
http://BakingInATornado.com                                Baking In A Tornado
http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                   Searching for Sanity
http://www.outsmartedmommy.com                       Outsmarted Mommy
http://indianamericanmom.com                              Indian American Mom
http://dailydoseofdamn.blogspot.com/                    Daily Dose of Damn
http://aworkingmomswhoas.blogspot.com/             A Working Mom's "Whoas"
http://dawnsdisaster.blogspot.com                         Dawn’s Disaster
www.akashicwindow.blogspot.com                         Akashic Aisles: The Basement View
www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com                   The Pursuit of Normal
www.homeonderanged.com                                   Home on Deranged
http:// www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com               Evil Joy Speaks
 
My Secret Subject was submitted by Searching For Sanity.  (She just got a new job, BTW, so go give her some congrats!).  My subject is:
 
***You have just been contacted by a movie director wanting to make a movie about your life. Who will you ask to play you in the movie?***
 
Well.  Should I choose an actress who plays characters similar to me?  Or an actress who in real life is similar to me?  Or someone who looks like me?  Or someone I'm envious of and would squeal like a pig if they even acknowledged me?
 
Tough one.  Ok, this became a group effort.  I was struggling, so I decided to ask some of the kids their opinions (I know, what was I thinking??). 
 
I asked J, my 14 year old son; A, my 13 year old daughter; and T, my 18 year old daughter.
 
Here's some of the responses I got:
 
J:  "Mario Lopez!"    Ummm...

 
A:  "Jackie Chan!"    WHAT THE?!?!?!

 
A again:  "Justin Bieber!"       ..........
 
J:  "Yeah, he looks like a girl."    <eye roll>

 
J again:  "The girl from 'The Hunger Games', she's hot."      Eww.  I do not wish to think about who my boy finds "hot". 

 
T:  "Jennie Garth, because you look alike."    T is my new favorite.

 
A:  "Julianne Hough from 'Safe Haven'."     I'll take it.

 
My ex-husband had sent me a text asking something about one of the kids, so I threw the question out there to him too.  (Yeah, I do not know what is wrong with me.)
 
His response:  "The chick from 'The Notebook', or Gwyneth Paltrow."     Huh.  He must have been in a rare good mood. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Surprisingly (?) none of these answers helped.  The first people I had thought of were Kate Gosselin and Octomom.  Only because they have a lot of kids.  But, yuck.
 

 
Then I thought of Florence Henderson as Carol Brady; large family, blended family, both accurate.  But I don't know if 1970's housewife Carol could deal with some of the craziness that is mi vida.  Mi vida loca.
 

 
And then it hit me:  Jennifer Garner.  There seems to be some similarities in our real lives, and she has had such a broad range of tv and movie roles that she's not really stuck in one category.                               

 
Jen, as I affectionately call her, (not really, but it's shorter to type) seems to be a down home family girl who loves being a mom and wife, which I totally relate to.  She's kind of girl-next-doorish; not flamboyant or over the top, just a nice girl who is pretty down to earth.  Real.  Just being herself.  Kind of a sweetheart, but if you messed with her kids, I bet her mama bear instincts would come out and she would do some damage!  She also has a spark and a drive to step outside the box and do more; not because her family isn't enough, but because she wants to, and she knows how to find the balance.  This isn't an aspect of my life I'm exploring too deeply at the moment, but I definitely have learned that while it is amazing to be a mother and I love it more than life, there are other things out in the world that don't revolve around my kids, and those things can be exciting.  A couple of facts I found about Jen that are relatable:
 
-Jennifer Garner wasn't a fan of baseball before meeting her Boston Red Sox-loving husband Ben Affleck. "The more I watched – 'cause it was on all the time – the more he explained, the more I like it. Now I really like it," she told Allure in 2007.    -I was never a sports fan, until I had children that were natural born athletes, and I began spending the majority of my time at, preparing for, and/or talking about sports.
 
-Jennifer Garner almost got arrested the day of her prom. She and a friend were sunbathing topless in a park when police spotted them. "Can you imagine calling your parents [and saying], 'I was laying out naked,'" she told Teen People.    -Yeah, I have a few stories from when I was a teenager that my mom still doesn't want to hear about. 
 
-In 2010 she said:  "I understand that being an actress as well as being at home isn't some heroic thing," she says of being a working mom. "That doesn't mean it isn't confusing or difficult – especially that question of how you find a balance."    -When I was a single mom working full time, people often exclaimed over how much I did.  But I never felt like it was something to be looked up to, just something that had to be done.  But that didn't mean it wasn't hard, damn hard, and exhausting. 
                                                      
                              So while Jennifer Garner and I are by no means clones, I think there's definitely some similarities,
and I bet she could take my life story and nail it. 
 
 
Now, about those royalty checks?
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

24 comments:

  1. Are you sure you didn't want to go with Jackie Chan? LMAO and Mario Lopez does have great Abs. :) I think you went with a perfect choice. I mean I can't imagine there is a person on the planet who doesn't like Jennifer Garner and that rings true for you as well. (Oh and if there are those people let me at them!) Great post.

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    1. Ohhhhh, that was such a nice thing to say! Thank you so much :) And yeah, I'd love the abs of Mario, or even the ass kicking skills of Jackie!

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  2. That is an awesome decision. I love her work. I'm not sure you should disregard Mario Lopez though. Those Dayglo white teeth could light the way through the deepest caves you know.

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    1. Haha! Good point, maybe I should reconsider?

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  3. I think it's fantastic that your ex was so generous!
    But I would totally go see Justin Bieber portraying you ;)

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    1. Haha! Well that makes one of us! And yeah, I left it wide open for insults and smart-assness, but nope, nice :)

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  4. I'm totally voting for Jennifer Garner and you know why. You had me at that whole Red Sox thing!

    The direction you took this prompt into was SO much fun to read. Don't forget you owe me July and August prompts!

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    1. Thank you! I had almost NO direction when I started, I wasn't sure which way I was going to go. Then it just went it's own way and I followed! And I'm pretty sure you or I could write a whole post with only the words Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics, and the other one of us would love it!!

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  5. Nice choice!! And, a whole lot better than Justin Beiber!! I mean...really?!!!

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    1. Lol, I'm not sure I can find much of anything I have in common with Justin Bieber!

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  6. Love her. Ever since "Alias," I can't get enough of her. And "13 Going on 30" is a go-to movie on a bad day. But, you could do worse than letting Rachel McAdams play you. Or Bieber. Come one, he's pretty. ;)

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    1. Lol, true, he is a pretty boy ;) I love Rachel McAdams, she's my fave actress!

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  7. Oh I have the biggest girl crush on JG. I have ever since "Alias." She just seems so real and unimpressed with herself- a nice change from typical Hollywood. And as my mom would say, "I wouldn't kick Ben our of the bed for leaving crumbs." ;)
    vicky
    www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

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    1. Bwahaha! I love that, kick Ben out! And yes, unimpressed with herself is a great way to put it.

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  8. LOVED reading this. And I deffo think being a single, working mother is synonymous with being a super hero...and didn't Jen play Electra?! Seems like fate to me!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! And if I was a super hero, then I def had a pretty tattered cape; no perfection over here, just one day at a time. :)

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  9. That's it then. Now you got the 'actress' to play you, make sure you got the deal signed and sealed first. You don't want to be dealing with 'royalty' issues after you've made a big hit film and turned her into a real mega-star, with your life story.

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    1. Very true, good point. I mean, she can't just ride my coat tails forever....

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  10. This was adorable! I cracked up that your kids first mentioned Mario Lopez and Jackie Chan. WTH??? But I could totally see you as Jen Garner. Get your own reality TV show and start collecting those royalty checks!

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    1. Thank you! Maybe I should, this mom gig isn't paying enough...

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