Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, and Jennifer Bartels Take Aim at Equality in "American Woman"

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Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, And Jennifer Bartels Take Aim At Equality In "American Woman"

June 07, 2018 - 10:29 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's girl power in the age of flower power.

That's the setting for the new 1970's dramedy "American Woman" on Paramount Network starring Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, and Jennifer Bartels. The trio joined our Rebecca Granet on "The Trend" to discuss their new series which was inspired by the upbringing of co-executive producer and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star, Kyle Richards.

"I just love the theme that we're all liberating ourselves at all times. I think that's part of the human journey to keep freeing yourself from anything that keeps you stuck and anything that you're struggling with", Silverstone said. "And that is what our show is about. Liberation."

Silverstone plays Bonnie, a character loosely based on Richards mother, who struggles to raise her daughters after refusing to become just another housewife playing by her husbands rules. With the help of her two best friends, Kathleen and Diana, they discover their own brand of independence amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 1970's.

"It is loosely based on her life", Silverstone said. "She has amazing juicy stories that you will see throughout the entire series. We say loosely based because it's not, like, I didn't study videotapes of her mother. It's not to the T."

Suvari, who co stars as Kathleen, says she feels "honored" to have chance to bring such an important role to Hollywood during this difficult time in the industry.

"This is almost five years in the making, the development of the show. For it to be premiering at this time it's really special and it feels like a huge honor", Suvari said.

"It was a great learning process for me. Just taking on the role of Kathleen and her whole journey and thinking about what I've gone through in my life and what I've had to fight for. I thought about my mother and what she possibly, you know, the obstacles that she came up against. For me it's really exciting and a big honor."  

Watch the full the above to hear all about the series and find out about a raccoon who wouldn't let the ladies finish taping because of all the noise it was making.

"American Woman" premieres on Paramount Network on June 7 at 10PM.