Last week, for the first time, ABC aired The Conners
live on two coasts. Cast members Emma Kenney, who plays Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara, who plays Mark Conner-Healy, and Jayden Rey, who plays Mary Conner, talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about what it is like to perform as part of a live show, how working on The Conners
has changed their lives, and more.
One of the things that the young actors find most difficult is when lines are added or changed in the script at the last minute. Kenney, however, looks at it like a brain puzzle. “Sometimes you'll kind of memorize a scene a certain way, and then the next day it'll be completely different, but it's also keeps us on our toes.”
McNamara, agreed the last-minute changes can be difficult, especially during a live show. On that night, his character called up people live to ask them questions and they added more of it. “The third call that we did on the on the eastern time show, it actually was not supposed to happen in the script, but we had time, so right before we [went] on, they said, “Oh, Ames let's do another call.”…That was definitely tricky, but it all worked out.”