"I was like, 'Am I going to be able to pull this off?'"
Before Soleil Moon Frye stepped back into Punky Brewster's shoes for a revival on NBC's upcoming streaming platform, the actress got used to set life again while filming another dream project.
Aside from a pair of cameos as herself on the Pop TV show "Hollywood Darlings," the actress has primarily been doing voice work since "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" went off the air in 2003. But that changed big time in 2019.
Frye, 43, once again takes on a lead role in Lifetime's new holiday movie, "Staging Christmas," airing November 29. And she says there were a few nerves that came along with the experience.
"It was great because you do a lot of pages a day and I was like, alright, I'm back in it, 10 pages, 15 pages a day, I got this, we're good," she explained. "But there were times where I was like, 'Am I going to be able to pull this off?' It was so much fun."
"It was so great because it was this amazingly fun wonderful opportunity," she continued. "I literally have been saying how one of my dreams was to do a Lifetime movie, so it was a dream come true. And the fact that it was around the holidays was just so amazing, since I love the holidays so much. So doing that and Punky, it's just been this amazing magical time of being super creative. It's been so much fun."
Soleil is hard at work on the Punky reboot now, which will follow the now-adult foster child trying to get her life together as a single mother of three. The series, which was given a pilot order for NBCU's streaming service, Peacock, will see her befriend "a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self."
"It is my dream come true, this really is my dream come true, I love Punky Brewster so much," she told TooFab. And while it's been more than 30 years since the original series went off the air, the actress said she's never been too far removed from the titular character.
"I always say that I didn't really know where Punky ended and I began because we were the same in so many ways and I believed it so much then and I believe it so much now," she explained. "I feel like we're both really coming of age again and finding our inner Punky Power. I can really connect to that, relate to that as a mother, as a woman, as a woman who feels stronger and sexier at this stage in my life with the experience that I have. I think we can redefine what the concept of getting older is."
See what else she told us about Punky below. "Staging Christmas" airs November 29 on Lifetime.