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Valerie Bertinelli Shares Why She Has Not Appeared on 'One Day at a Time' Reboot Yet

Busayo Ogunjimi
May 08, 2020
05:30 P.M.
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American actress Valerie Bertinelli has opened up about her non-appearance on the reboot of the famous television sitcom, "One Day at a Time."


Valerie Bertinelli is fondly remembered for her portrayal of the character, "Barbara Cooper," when the television sitcom, "One Day at a Time," ran from 1975 to 1984.

Thus, when the show's reboot began on January 6, 2017, many fans were expecting that she would make one guest appearance or another in the new show.

Valerie Bertinelli attends the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 13, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


However, that hasn't been the case, and in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress opened up on why she is yet to appear on the reboot.

Bertinelli revealed that scheduling conflicts had been a factor preventing her from gracing the show, and also said that she came close to making a cameo appearance. She said:

"We were almost able to work something out. I had one day off, and I was flying in the night before, and I had to start my show the next day..."


The 60-year-old also said that she didn't want to go in and do just one day, adding that she hadn't acted in five years and wanted to have the script for more than a day.

Bertinelli also said that she wanted to really be there with the rest of the cast and savor the moments with them during filming.

Valerie became friends with the daughter of a television producer.


The actress further said that it was probable that after the quarantine is over, that she could still be able to do something with the show's cast and crew, whom she loved and was amazed by what they were doing on the show.

The original "One Day at a Time" told the story of how a divorced mother named Anne Romano — played by Bonnie Franklin — raised her teenage daughters, Julie and Barbara — played by Mckenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, respectively.


Bertinelli spoke fondly of the memories she had of the show back in those days. She was only 15 when the show began, and she learned a lot from Bonnie, who is one of television's greatest actresses.

The actress also said that being a young star on a television series as big as "One Day at a Time" was a life-changing experience for her, adding that she remembered the audience and the feel of the set.


Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 23, 1960. Her father was an executive in General Motors and was usually transferred to different states. Following a transfer to Van Nuys, California, Valerie became friends with the daughter of a television producer.

She soon enrolled into Tami Lynn School of Arts, where she studied acting, and which also propelled her into launching her career with a role in "One Day at a Time."


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