Cast & Characters

CHARACTER: Rita Clemens

Rita Clemens is a working mom unfulfilled by her busy life who regains her identity by recreating her glory days as a musician in a garage band.

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan, a native New Yorker, has been acting since she was seven years old. She attended Northwestern University, where she spent four years studying the classics, including Shakespeare and Chekhov. After graduating on the Dean’s List, she joined the Greenwich Shakespeare Company.

In 1995, Sullivan joined the original cast of the Fox series “MADtv,” as their youngest cast member. In the six years she worked on the late-night sketch comedy show, she was credited with some of the funniest moments on the show, playing numerous memorable characters, such as the “Vancome Lady” and her sometimes scathing impersonations of celebrities like Britney Spears and Meg Ryan.

In 2001, Sullivan joined the cast of “The King of Queens” as Holly, the dog-walker. Her numerous television guest appearances include “Scrubs,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Monk” and “Boston Legal.”

As a distinguished comedic voice actor, Sullivan has lent her talents to numerous animated feature films, such as “The Ant Bully” and “Meet the Robinsons,” and the television shows “Kim Possible,” “Family Guy” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.” She also appeared in the feature film “17 Again,” starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry.

Sullivan is married to actor Jason Packham and lives in the Hollywood Hills with their two sons.

CHARACTER: Patty

Patty, the Clemens’ mail carrier, knows how to rock out and encourages Rita to do the same.

Tisha Campbell-Martin

Tisha Campbell-Martin has distinguished herself in film, television, theater and music. She has acted in, directed and produced various films and television projects, starred on Broadway and recorded hit records.

For five years, Campbell-Martin starred opposite Damon Wayans on the ABC sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” for which she earned an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She also directed an episode of the comedy. Campbell-Martin is probably most well known from her five-year stint as Gina on the Fox sitcom “Martin.” She co-wrote the movie “The Seat Filler” along with her husband, actor Duane Martin (UPN’s “All of Us”). She produced the short film “A Luv Tale,” which won awards at numerous film festivals, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival. She also directed the comedy presentation/pilot “Get Up Stand Up.”

Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Campbell-Martin entered show business at an early age, working on children’s television shows such as “The Big Blue Marble,” “Wonderama,” “Kids Are People Too” and “Captain Kangaroo.” At 16, she starred in her first film as one of the three singers/narrators in the film version of “Little Shop of Horrors.” At 18, she costarred on the NBC series “Rags to Riches.” Shortly after, she was cast as the lead in Spike Lee’s second film, “School Daze.” Her feature film credits include “House Party” (I, II and III), “Another 48 Hours,” “Homeward Bound” and “Boomerang.” Most recently, she appeared in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” directed by Kevin Smith.

Additional television credits include “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Getting Personal,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “A Different World,” “Blossom” and “Roc.” More recently, she starred in Showtime’s “Linc’s,” “The Sweetest Gift” and “All of Us,” produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

On the stage, Campbell-Martin was in the Debbie Allen/James Ingram–penned production, “The Bayou Legend.”

Campbell-Martin resides in Los Angeles.

CHARACTER: Jay Clemens

Jay is Rita’s husband and father to her two daughters. He confesses to her that he understands her need for a little time to herself each week.

Richard Ruccolo

A New Jersey native, Richard Ruccolo first discovered his love for acting after he earned the lead role in his high school’s production of “Oklahoma!” After years of commercial work and theater, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he landed a guest spot on an episode of the popular Fox series “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Simultaneously, he starred in the Court Theater production “Playback” by Charlie Peters. Coincidentally, Peters was also directing the feature film “Music from Another Room,” starring Jude Law, which became Ruccolo’s first film credit. Shortly after, he won the role of Pete on the ABC series “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place,” which ran for two years, later becoming “Two Guys and a Girl” in its final two seasons.

Ruccolo has also guest-starred on television shows such as “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Reba,” “Standoff,” “Less Than Perfect” and “The X-Files.” He also had a recurring role on NBC’s “Joey” in 2005, opposite Matt LeBlanc.

In addition to television, Ruccolo has a variety of film credits, including “Available Men,” “The One,” “All Over the Guy” and “Anacardium.” Most recently, Ruccolo appeared in the Sony/Screen Gems feature film “Obsessed.”

Ruccolo lives in Los Angeles.

CHARACTER: Hallie Clemens

Rita's defiant teenage daughter, and girlfriend to her ever-present boyfriend, Kip.

Natalie Dreyfuss

Natalie Dreyfuss had her first professional acting experience at the age of two, in the film “Let It Ride.” Realizing she was born to perform, she dedicated herself to the performing arts and, at age six, began a concentrated regime in dance, a 10-year adventure that took her across the country rehearsing and performing with various companies, including the American Ballet Theatre in New York and The Rock School in Philadelphia. An ankle injury ended her professional dance career.

Dreyfuss had her first professional acting experience at the very tender age of two, in the film “Let It Ride.” Realizing she was born to perform, she dedicated herself to the performing arts, and at age six began a concentrated regime in dance, a 10-year adventure that took her all across the country rehearsing and performing with various companies, including the American Ballet Theatre in New York and The Rock School in Philadelphia. An ankle injury ended her professional dance career — a sad loss to the dance community, but a great gain for the acting industry, as Natalie is now equally driven and committed to her acting career. Her recent films include “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “National Treasure 2.” Her recent television credits include a lead role in Hallmark’s Movie of the Week “The Nanny Express,” and guest-starring roles on FX’s “The Shield,” NBC’s “Life” and USA’s “Burn Notice.”

Her recent feature film credits include “National Treasure 2” and “He’s Just Not That Into You,” starring Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck. Her television credits include a lead role in the Hallmark movie “The Nanny Express,” and guest-starring roles on FX’s “The Shield,” NBC’s “Life” and USA’s “Burn Notice.”

Dreyfuss resides in Los Angeles, and her passions include animals, working with children, art and photography.

CHARACTER: Shannon Clemens

Rita's nine-year-old daughter and karate enthusiast.

Kelly Gould

Kelly Gould had her first acting job when she was just 15 days old. Since then, she has appeared in numerous national commercials and has made guest appearances on such television shows as “Cold Case,” “The Ghost Whisperer,” “Hannah Montana” and Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine.” Gould is best known for her role as Lucy on the HBO comedy series “Lucky Louie.” Gould has also made live stage appearances as Wilbur in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” and as Carrie Ingalls in the live stage adaptation of the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Gould most recently costarred with Catherine Zeta Jones in the feature film “The Rebound.”

Gould resides in Los Angeles with her family.

CHARACTER: Kip

Aloof boyfriend to Rita's defiant teenage daughter.

Raviv Ullman

Raviv Ullman is best known for his role as Phil Diffy on the Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future.” He recently starred in the feature film “Prom Wars” with Alia Shawkat and “Spring Break ’83,” starring Jamie Kennedy. His other television credits include “Law and Order,” “The Middleman,” “Cold Case,” “House,” “Big Love” and “That’s So Raven.” He can soon be seen in the feature films “The Trouble With Cali” and “How to Make Love to a Woman.”

Ullman is the drummer for the band His Orchestra, and plays regularly to growing crowds and great reviews.

Ullman resides in Los Angeles.

CHARACTER: Owen

Owen is Rita's unemployed neighbor who joins her garage band.

Ian Gomez

Ian Gomez is a familiar face to film and television audiences. He most recently starred in the ABC series “Jake in Progress.” He also starred as the popular character Javier on the series “Felicity,” as shameless self-promoter Larry Almada on “The Drew Carey Show” and as Danny Sanchez on “The Norm Show.” His feature-film credits include “The Last Shot,” “Connie and Carla,” “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” “Chasing Papi,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Edtv.”

Gomez lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Nia Vardalos.