Do You Have Punky Power?!

Holy Macanoli!  Punky Brewster is back! I remember watching every single episode of Punky Brewster when I was a child in the 80s. I remember dressing up like Punky for Halloween one year, I had so much merch, and I also remember meeting her in Las Vegas and getting my photo with her. She was up on a stage and I was down below just in a crowd of people and I got her attention and she literally got on her hands and knees and took a photo with me. I will never forget it for as long as I live. She was beyond sweet and still is. This week I got to interview Soleil Moon Frye for her new documentary KID 90 and the re-boot of Punky Brewster on Peacock. It was seriously a pinch me moment. I get to interview and meet a lot of fun celebrities, but this one was really special. I think it'sbecause she was part of my childhood and watching Punky Brewster always made me so happy.

In KID 90, premiering on HULU March 12th, Soleil Moon Frye will share what it was like as a teenager in the 90s carrying a video camera documenting her life everywhere she went.  She has hundreds of hours of footage and has opened the vault, presenting a true time capsule of a group of friends growing up in Hollywood and New York City in the 90s, balancing childhood and fame pre-internet and social media explosion.  I was able to screen the documentary and it was so good.  Soleil was friends with so many other child actors and it was so interesting to watch and see their lives on film.  She shared what it was like being friends with other child actors, what it was like to be a celebrity and be Punky Brewster, her breast reduction and so much more.

Whether you were a fan of the original or never saw an episode of Punky Brewster, you are in for a big treat as you discover what makes Punky special. The original premiered in 1984 and ran until 1988 and now the re-boot is on Peacock with 10 brand new episodes. Punky is now a mom of three who’s trying to get her Punky Power back after a recent divorce. She’s still on good terms with her ex and she is a professional photographer like her foster dad Henry. Punky is still BFFs with Cherie. She takes in another child, Izzy, who is in the foster system and in need of a place to say. I love that she still lives in the same place where her and Henry lived (Henry left it to Punky when he passed). Each episode, Punky handles issues facing modern kids, including gender identity and identity in general, as she teaches her family to always be true to themselves.  I loved the entire series.  It dealt with great important topics, made me laugh and even cry in some episodes.  I really hope there is a season 2!

There was nothing better than revisiting the 80s and 90s with Soleil Moon Frye.  We got to chat about Punky Brewster, her documentary KID 90 and so much more.  Check out the new season of Punky Brewster on Peacock now and KID 90 on Hulu March 12th.

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