'Mom' star Sadie Calvano prepped for more acting

Sadie Calvano and Anna Fars in 'Mom'. (Handout)

Sadie Calvano and Anna Fars in 'Mom'. (Handout)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

It was a belly-bulging moment for Sadie Calvano when the subject of teen pregnancy was broached.

Calvano, a 16-year-old girl in real life? Definitely not pregnant. Calvano's character in the sitcom Mom, a teenager named Violet? Definitely pregnant.

"Um, well, originally when I auditioned, they didn't tell me about it," Calvano says with a laugh. "But right before I booked it, my agents gave me a phone call and said, 'Hey, by the way, what do you think about potentially becoming pregnant later in the season?'

"So when you're presented with an opportunity like this, and you're so close, what do you say? 'Oh no, sorry, I'll have to pass.' I don't think so."

There was some stretching of the truth involved, too. Calvano's character in Mom - which airs Mondays on CBS and City - did not become pregnant "later in the season." She got herself knocked up almost right away.

"Surprise!" says Calvano, laughing again.

Mom is a rookie sitcom starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mother of two named Christy. She tends to get it from both ends, with her mom Bonnie, played by Allison Janney, recently having re-entered the fray, and Calvano's Violet being determined - either wittingly or unwittingly - to repeat all of Christy's own mistakes.

One advantage Mom has is the plausibility that the three main actresses represent three generations of the same blood line, the height difference between Faris and Janney notwithstanding. Calvano is asked if she has thought much about adjusting her voice or physicality as a means to that goal.

"Part of it is when you're surrounded by the same people on a regular basis, naturally you start picking them up," Calvano says. "Even when you're just a kid at the lunch table at school, you start acting the same as your friends do. So that part of it happens pretty naturally. But as for you believing it in a physical sense, that's a hands-down thank you to casting."

Having started so young, Calvano says she's keen on continuing in the acting game, albeit with a strong eye toward preparedness.

"This is an amazing business but it's definitely unreliable," Calvano says. "I got really lucky with Mom. That doesn't always happen.

"I guess my next big goal would be doing some kind of feature film. But especially being a student, I think it's important to stay focused on a backup plan and maintain good grades and apply to colleges."

It sure sounds as if Calvano had a much more grounded upbringing that her character on Mom.

"I would hope so," Calvano says. "My mom would be very concerned otherwise."

The big question now is, when is Violet going to start showing? Has Calvano been fitted with a prosthetic?

"We are not quite there yet," she says. "We have recently entered into the 'baggy pants and loose shirt' business.

"But the clock's ticking. I'm pretty sure the baby will be visible. That does tend to happen."

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca


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