INTERVIEW: Lauralee Bell on Anti-Texting & Driving Web Series and Why She'd Love a Cricket/Nikki Catfight on Y&RBy Jamey Giddens on December 10, 2013
Lauralee Bell thrives on a busy, productive life. The wife/mother/actress/writer/producer is the textbook definition of indefatigable, a trait she says she learned from her famous parents, soap legends William J. and Lee Phillip Bell.
I recently caught up with Bell, who in December launched her third web series, mI promise. Unlike the wacky antics of Family Dinner, or the glamorous hijinks of Just Off Rodeo, Bell's news project, mI promise, deals with a powerful, topical subject — teenagers and texting-while-driving.
mI promise is the story of Riley (Cassidy Ann Shaffer of iCarly and Austin & Ally fame), a brand new 16-year-old, who can't wait to start her fabulous new life of going to parties with hot boys and driving her own car. When an unthinkable tragedy strikes, Riley's young life is changed forever.
Daytime Confidential: Congratulations on the launch of your new web series, mI promise! After creating a pair of zany web comedies, Family Dinner and Just Off Rodeo, what made you want to go the drama route?
Lauralee Bell: I wanted to go the drama route because I felt this is such an important topic. Parents need to lead by example and give their kids a way to see that there are other ways to live your life, as we see in future episodes, besides just looking down at their phones. There is not enough out there where kids show kids what can happen if they make a mistake. I just want the example to be a character, for it to never have to be a real friend.
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Country superstar Garth Brooks spilled the beans when he stopped by Good Morning America. He’s embarking a new world tour in 2014!
An excited Brooks revealed to Robin Roberts he was returning to the music scene, now that his youngest was on the verge of leaving the nest. He previously announced retirement in 2000 to raise a family with wife Trisha Yearwood.
Watch the clip below to get the details!