|Lauralee Bell - Photo Credit: CharlesBush.com|
mI promise follows Riley (Cassidy Ann Shaffer, who recurs as Kimmy on Disney Channel's AUSTIN AND ALLY) on her 16th birthday, full of life and wonder, on the cusp of first love and her first car. The first episode begins with sweetness and light but things dramatically change after Riley chooses to send a text message while driving. The show then dives into that subject matter offering kids two paths to follow while never feeling like a PSA. Bell plays Riley's mom in the show in addition to her duties behind the camera.
We Love Soaps spoke with Bell about mI promise to find out more. Read our exclusive interview below:
WE LOVE SOAPS: I'm really excited about this web series. I think this is the best thing you've done.
LAURALEE BELL: I had my fun so I said now I have to do something that matters. I'm trying to approach this subject by saying you can do things this way or this way but you can still choose. How do we expect kids not to hold their devices when they're driving when sometimes the adults do it? These days they are just born with it in their hand. I often tell my kids I'm on my phone because I'm at home and I can get a lot of business done and not have to go to an actual office. I feel like it's helpful in some ways but the reality is what they're seeing is that I'm looking down at something. You are disconnected from people when you're half listening and half writing.