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Erin & Sara Foster on ‘Barely Famous’ & their celebrity roots

Larry King NowJul 15 '16

Sisters and creators of ‘Barely Famous’ Erin and Sara Foster open up about their mock reality show, the reality of growing up as part of multiple famous families (Hadids, Jenners, Kardashians, oh my!), and why they aren’t fans of the girl squad fad.

Erin and Sara Foster, stars and co-creators of the reality TV satire ‘Barely Famous,’ sit down with Larry King to talk all things reality, family, and Los Angeles culture.

As the daughters of Grammy award-winning producer David Foster, whose four marriages expanded their family tree to include celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Brody Jenner, the sisters were asked constantly to create their own show. “We're in a culture right now where everybody's trying to sell a reality show and we're just trying to not be on a reality show.” So they decided to make their own, but with a major twist.

What’s it like going from struggling actresses to co-creators on their own show? How was it growing up in such a famous, ever-changing family? Are they afraid that people will confuse their satirical TV characters for their real personalities? And the most important question of all: Is making your friend’s Instagram ‘squad’ equivalent to sitting at the cool kids table in middle school? In studio with Larry, the sisters tell all.

Though not afraid to poke fun at the ridiculousness of celebrity, Erin and Sara also make a point to acknowledge the platform it gives for speaking out on social issues. They also offer candid advice on writing, understanding your parents, and persevering after failure.


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on July 5th 2016

"We've obviously avoided being on reality TV when it's been in our family in one way or the other. So we kind of thought – there's something funny about how we're in a culture right now where everybody's trying to sell a reality show and we're just trying to not be on a reality show. What if we created these two characters of two girls who say they would never do a reality show, so they're filming a reality show about that? That's where the seed of the idea came about.” – Erin Foster on the beginnings of their reality show satire, ‘Barely Famous.’

"This is something that our dad taught us. He always said if you are continuing to try to do something and it's not working, retreat and attack from a different direction. So we weren't in a place where we were happy with our careers, and I think you have to step back and you have create content for yourself. If you're a creative person, if you have an idea, if you want to write something, if you want to film something, there's no excuse not to be creating content." – Erin Foster on whether they're enjoying making 'Barely Famous.'

"It was amazing... it really did change my life. I mean you grow up in this bubble and I was 15 years old and I think it's awkward being 15 anywhere, but it's really hard being 15 when you're living in Malibu and you have all these pressures and expectations and you just don't know who you are. It was really nice to go as far as I could and just figure out who I was in a safe environment." – Erin Foster on going to boarding school in Switzerland.

"Look, it's not ideal. I think that the intention of any family is to stay together. Every time you bring in new elements and new people, everyone has a different agenda and a different expectation of what that family should be like. So, obviously, when you have a new woman in the picture, she's going to raise her children differently than he is going to raise his kids. There's a lot of moving parts. I think - I mean for sure it's a big reason I haven't gotten married yet. I'm 34 almost. And it's sort of like a terrifying thought when you watch so many marriages break down and come back together." – Erin Foster on whether they were annoyed by their father, David Foster, getting married four times.

“But as an adult, when I think you kind of need your parents the most – I know for me the relationships I have with my mom and dad now as an adult and as a parent, it’s the most valuable relationship you can have. So I appreciate our relationship today far more.” – Sara Foster on how her relationship with her parents has changed over the years.

"I think also, as you become an adult and as you grow up, you have to let your parents off the hook a little bit. You have someone on a pedestal and you want them to be all-knowing and perfect and know exactly how to love you the way you need to be loved. Everyone's doing the best they can! You know? So our dad made mistakes when we were kids, and as an adult we have conversations with him." – Erin Foster on their relationship with their father.

“But we like our dad to be married! We want a woman taking care of him. I don’t want to be changing his diapers!” – Sara Foster on her father getting married again.

"We have a lot of friends, but I would never refer to my friend group as a squad. It's that kind of you-can't-sit-with-us mentality." – Sara Foster on the popularity of the terms 'squad' and '#squadgoals.'

"My twenties were really about being in relationships, and I kind of lost myself in them. And I didn't really start being so career focused until the end of my twenties. That's a big regret of mine. So I really started focusing on my work when I was about 27, 28. I'm still sort of riding that wave and enjoying it. And it's kind of intimidating wanting to have a big career and also wanting to be great in a relationship because you have to be very present in both at the same time." – Erin Foster on the balance between relationships and career.

"It's interesting how people become very passionate about something that directly affects them. I think it's really important to care about things that don't directly affect you, or else, you know, nothing can change." – Erin Foster on the importance of caring about social issues.

"Here's what I try to do. At every stage that you have an accomplishment, you have to take it as a win. Because if you keep waiting for the next step, it might not happen. So for me, getting hired to write a movie from Universal felt like a win. And then having whatever-it-is, Meryl Streep's agent liking it, that's a win. If it doesn't get made, it doesn't get made." – Erin Foster on whether the movie she wrote will ever be produced.