Barrera plays a mortal mom raising a family of wizards on the new Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, and says her toddler daughter has helped her practice her pretending for the gig.
Barrera explains, My daughter totally gets that Im just pretending to be a mommy to wizards on the show. It makes sense because if you think about it, kids pretend all day long. Ill come home and my daughter is like, Okay Mom, youre the baby giraffe and Im the giant lizard. If you ask her a question and shes still playing, she wont answer. I have to be like, Okay baby giraffe, do you want some mac and cheese? Shes the master of pretending, so she understands mommys job is to pretend on TV.
And Barrera has even brought her daughter to tapings of Wizards so she can see Moms pretending skills in action.
She adds, Ive introduced her to my pretend daughter, sons, and husband, and shes cool with it. She loves coming to work with me, but it may have something to do with the huge cooler of ice cream they keep on the set!
Wizards of Waverly Place premieres this Friday (Oct. 12).
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