Best remembered for playing the tomboyish Alicia 'Al' Lambert on the TGIF '90s sitcom Step By Step, Christine Lakin never really quit working once she left the primetime TV spotlight. When I asked the 30-something actress via email what she's been up to all these years, she candidly responded, "Well, aside from rocking in a chair on someone's porch with a chew can and a copy of Old Yeller, I've been up to this and that. Notably, TV appearances on Melissa & Joey, Stevie TV, and Family Guy."
She's also been seen in films like New Year's Eve, You Again or this year's Parental Guidance, and she's done a lot of theater work. But her resume doesn't end there...
"I have a web series called Lovin Lakin that I wrote, produced and star in, which debuted July 16th on Hulu and YouTube. It's kind of about my life as a former child actor but not. Just watch it. It's funny. And it has famous people like Kristen Bell and Seth MacFarlane in it, in case you get bored with me," she said. "You can also catch me on the interwebs as a judge on "Internet Icon" with Ryan Higa on YouTube. He's the Asian one, I'm the girl one. I also enjoy traveling, drinking wine and sunset walks. Wait, is this my E Harmony profile? Uh, could it be?"
And now, here are Christine's five favorite television shows, in no particular order...
"Remember when life was full of wonder? Awe? Pre-pubecent excitement?! Me either, but I love this show. I had the biggest crush on Fred Savage. Like total, meltdown, I NEED Kevin Arnold to be my first kiss kind of crush. And, raging hormones aside, it really was a good show. It captured the real, raw feeling of a working class family in the 70's all in the eyes of a young boy trying to figure out who he was. And as a young boy myself, I related. I also loved when he finally got Winnie on the log to kiss her and the light was perfect and timing was perfect and he kissed... her eye. Tota dorkout fail. Perfectly right. I met Fred years later. He didn't know it, but it kind of made my month. Ok, my entire 20's but who's counting! I wanted to kiss his eye but didn't want to be too forward."
"My bedtime was 8 pm. But on Cosby nights I got to stay up until 8:30. Real big deal. This is when they could afford to do a completely different title sequence in TV every year. I always looked forward to that. It was like a mini musical at the top of the show. My favorite was the Top Hat fancy version. Elvin (Geoffrey Owens) was one of my favorite characters. The guy couldn't catch a break but was so happy trying to fit in and Dr. Huxtable was so exasperated at every move. This was the first sit-com I watched religiously from a young age and I so wanted to be a part of that family. I could go on a talk about A Different World too and the theme song and Dwayne Wayne's flip glasses... but you've only asked for 5 shows and I have to get serious.." '
"Yeah yeah so I do voices on the show and maybe that makes me an ass for putting it on this list but let's be clear- I was a fangirl before I got the damn job. And having said that, I would still put it on the list because its just effing funny. And wrong. And blue. And awesome. And if you don't think so you're not a true blooded TV slut like me. Or maybe you just didn't have as many drunk college nights as I did. At any rate, there are few things I love more than a random cut away. And for the record, I would marry Stewie if he would just grow up already. I adore a British baby with latently-gay tendencies."
"My friends. These were my "stories" - for those of you who were soap watchers - I watched "my friends". I've seen every episode multiple times, own the box set and randomly pull out quotes no one else around me understands from various episodes. Favorite lines? Joey: "Would you tell him? Isn't that how they measure pants?" Ross: "Yes, yes it is. In prison!" or Pheobe: "Hello Monica? It's Kettle. You're black." Best episode would have to be where Pheobe tries to seduce Chandler in hopes of him admitting he and Monica are together. "This is my bra." And then she does a ridiculous dance for him. That whole season played out great. Or when Ross gives a massage with wooden spoons and a Tonka Truck. Good example of a show that was given time to find it's feet, for the audience to fall in love with the characters and a cast that worked remarkably well together. They were likable, sexy and funny. Deadly combo. "
"Carol Burnett probably had the biggest influence on me as kid. Although I was very young and watched her a lo in reruns, I was mesmerized by the way she transformed, by her physical comedy and the rolling laughter from the live studio audience. I loved her most as Scarlett OHara and her well known Cleaning Lady character. She proved women were funny and could be successful and accepted being physical comediennes. I took my first acting class at age 6 because I found out that's what Carol Burnett was doing - acting. Also she had an imaginary friend as a kid and went to UCLA, two things we have in common. I will always admire her and hope one day, I can make someone laugh a fraction as hard as she's made me bellyache."
What do you think of Christine's picks? Did any of them surprise you?