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Q&A: Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman, 14, talks to TFK about her role as Emily Hobbs in Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run

February 22, 2013
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Actress Ryan Newman, 14, plays Emily Hobbs in Nickelodeon's See Dad Run.

The Hobbs kids may have famous parents, but their life is far from glamorous. In Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run, David Hobbs, played by Scott Baio, says goodbye to his life of sitcom T.V. to become a stay-at-home dad. David must learn the ins and outs of being at home while his wife Amy returns to the big screen.

Actress Ryan Newman, 14, plays their teenage daughter Emily Hobbs. Newman’s character must deal with typical teen struggles, such as school play rehearsals, sibling battles and boyfriend woes. This season the Hobbs family will endure more twists and turns while their quirky kids grow up. “It’s super relatable and it’s super funny,” Newman says “It takes you back to that old family sitcom.” Newman told TFK her favorite episode from the new season is See Dad Campaign. See Dad Run airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. est on Nickelodeon.

 

TFK:

Could you talk a little bit about what it was like filming for the upcoming season of See Dad Run?

NEWMAN: 

See Dad Run is so much fun to film. We’re like a big family on that set so I loved every minute of it. We had twenty episodes in our first season that we just finished in December, so that was amazing. I had so much fun. I think the show really developed in those 20 episodes. And we got picked up for a second season, so I can’t wait to do it all again.

TFK: 

You play Emily on the show. What similarities or differences do you share with her?

NEWMAN: 

Emily is a typical teenager. She’s going through the same thing any teenager is going through so I definitely relate to her. We share experiences. I learn things from her character and I add things to her character from my experiences. I think our biggest difference is that she’s the oldest sibling on the show and I’m the youngest in real life.

TFK: 

What are your hobbies in real life?

NEWMAN: 

I love to act, obviously, and I love to sing and dance. And I love fashion.

TFK: 

What can your fans expect from your character this season?

NEWMAN: 

I think they can expect to get to know Emily Hobbs and see her in situations she’s never been in before. I think they’ll get to see her grow up. She’ll learn some lessons and bond with her dad.

TFK: 

Speaking of your dad, Scott Baio plays your dad on the show. What is it like working with him?

NEWMAN: 

Scott Baio is incredible. I’m so lucky to work with him. He’s such a seasoned actor and I learned something every time I stepped out on set with him. We have a very cool relationship and a very special bond. He’s like a father figure to me, yet he kind of looks at me like I’m his peer, so it works and it’s a lot of fun.

TFK:

David says goodbye to his life as a T.V. star and focuses on being a dad. In many ways Baio’s character is similar to his own life. Do you think the family dynamic on the show is something that kids can relate to in real life?

NEWMAN: 

Absolutely. I think the dynamics are similar within every household. I play the older sibling so my dynamic with my siblings is something every sibling is going to go through. Your little brother or little sister can annoy you sometimes. Or you might boss them around, that sort of thing. I definitely think the relationship between Scott Baio (who plays David) and Alanna Ubach (who plays his wife Amy) is so relatable to families. Even though you may not have been a T.V. star, it’s still very relatable somehow.

In See Dad Run Christmas Into the Ground, Marcus and the Hobbs family spend all day preparing for the big meal.

BONNIE OSBORNE—NICKELODEON. ©2012 VIACOM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
In See Dad Run Christmas Into the Ground, Marcus and the Hobbs family spend all day preparing for the big meal.

TFK:

Who do you think is the most relatable character on the show for kid readers?

NEWMAN: 

I think it definitely depends how old the kids are—whether they’re the youngest, oldest or middle child. I think if you’re a kid, you’re going to relate to Emily, Joe or Janie.

TFK:

What would you say is your favorite moment or episode of filming?

NEWMAN: 

I had so many great episodes on the show. I think my favorite episode that has aired is See Dad One Night Only, but I think my favorite episode overall is See Dad Campaign, which is our first episode when we come back on February 17.

TFK:

Why do you think our kid readers should tune in to the show?

NEWMAN: 

It’s super relatable and it’s super funny. It takes you back to that old family sitcom and I think that’s much needed and a lot of fun.

TFK:

Do you plan on staying with acting or do you have some other future career goals?

NEWMAN: 

I hope to always be acting because it’s my passion. I love it, so I hope it’s always in my life.


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