EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lead Katerina Eichenberger Previews Lifetime Movie Network’s My Nanny Stole my Life!

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My Nanny Stole my Life will premiere on Lifetime Movie Network on May 16th. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with lead Katerina Eichenberger, who portrays Molly, about her experience on LMN’s My Nanny Stole my Life and a lot more. 

Can you tell us a bit about your character in My Nanny Stole my Life? 

Molly was a gift to work on. She is driven, kind, and generous. It is clear having her first child is both exciting and a bit intimidating for her so once she starts to experience postpartum depression, her world flips. Her sanity is tested and she feels trapped and isolated in this feeling that is so unfamiliar to her. Molly’s drive to protect her family throughout the film is honorable and a true testament to the strength the character brings. It was such a joy to dive in even through the moments of sheer pain. 

What initially attracted you to your role in My Nanny Stole my Life? 

I had the pleasure of working with the director Matt Toronto and the producers for another film, Secrets Beneath the Floorboards, so when I heard they were casting this one, I knew I wanted to work with them again. They are an incredibly thoughtful team who care so deeply about making great films. Once I also saw the role of Molly, I felt compelled to join the cast. I was moved by her struggle with postpartum depression. I’ve seen the effects of it from loved ones and friends and want to bring more awareness to the beauty as well as the difficulty of giving birth and raising children, especially as a working mom.

What do you think makes this movie so special and captivating? 

The director, Matt Toronto, had such a great vision for this project. Between the use of color and dreamlike imagery, I know it will be both visually and emotionally captivating. The cast and crew were especially strong and worked well together to capture the isolation, fear, and strength that lives inside Molly. 

What do you hope audiences take away from watching Family My Nanny Stole my Life? 

First and foremost, I hope audiences have fun watching! But I also hope it raises awareness about the intensity of postpartum depression. It’s a good reminder to check in on the mothers and soon to be mothers around you. 

What was it like working with the rest of the cast on set? 

Absolutely wonderful! Everyone came prepared to work hard and to support one another. I had worked with Jonathan in another movie, Beauty of Love, so it was nice to have that initial familiarity, which I hope reads on screen. Caroline and Shailene were joys to work with and helped bring new ideas to the table that informed my work. 

What can you tease about your character Journey? 

Molly starts the film a bit fragile, unsure of herself, and anxious as she starts to discover this new identity as a working mother. By the end of the film, she rediscovers her strength, power, and creativity that has always existed inside of her. 

What was your favorite scene or moment while filming My Nanny Stole my Life? 

There are so many! I really enjoyed the day we filmed on the highway. The crew was focused and collaborative as we shut down an entire highway for a few hours. I always find these moments to be especially important as an actor because you have to bring the life of the character even in very uncomfortable and stressful circumstances, so I loved the opportunity to test that. Shailene and I also had a great scene on top of the Florida Aquarium as the sun was rising. That was beautiful. 

At Survived the Shows, we are big fans of Christmas comedies. What is your all-time favorite? 

I am a huge fan of Elf! It is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. 

Change of subject, What have been some of the most memorable projects you have worked on throughout your career, and why?  

There are many! Working with Matt for the first time on Secrets Beneath the Floorboards was a gift. I so enjoy working with Matt because he is a generous director who works to get the best out of everyone while remaining focused and collaborative. I also produced and wrote my first short film that I starred in called The Unbearing which will start a festival run soon. It was incredible to work on a project from start to finish and to work the Also Sisters who directed the film. It has been an incredible experience.  I also worked on The Great Lillian Hall starring Jessica Lange and directed by Michael Cristofer which was an outstanding experience. I got to work on a Chekhov play in that film and Chekhov is one of my first loves! Working with actors at that level has changed who I am as an artist. 

Can you tease something about your next projects? 

The next project I worked on that is coming out is The Great Lillian Hall starring Jessica Lange. It was an incredible project and I am so excited for it to premiere on May 31st at 8pm ET on Hbo. I have a few other items in the works that I can’t quite share yet! 

My Nanny Stole my Lifewith Katerina Eichenberger will premiere on May 16th on Lifetime Movie Network.

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