5 Things We Learned About Kylie Bunbury, Star of the Buzzy New FOX Show ‘Pitch’
In the buzzed-about show, Bunbury plays Ginny Baker, the first woman to play for Major League Baseball, recruited by the San Diego Padres as their new star pitcher. She, of course, has to prove herself and deal with all the pressures and media attention. Watch the preview below!
Bunbury has been out promoting the show, and here are five things we learned:
She moved around a bit as a kid, and was able to experience other cultures:
Bunbury told CNN, “I was born in Canada and then my dad played pro soccer in England and then also on an island off the coast of Portugal. So we lived there for like 10 years. And then we moved to Minnesota. So I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of different cultures, and I’m still figuring out who I am. But I think it was good to have life before this.”
She comes from Disney stock:
Of her first acting job, Bunbury said, “I did this film called Prom. It was a Disney movie. And at that point, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I had no idea how to act. It was purely instinctual. I just remember the first scene I did and the first take, it feeling so right. That’s when I knew that I wanted to do this forever and that my purpose was instilled in it.”
She really wanted the Pitch role:
“You know when people say, ‘It just feels right?’ To begin with, I didn’t have a script. I got two scenes — that’s it — and they were two page scenes. So I had four pages to work with. And I knew the premise and I thought the premise was so cool. But this is why I believe in the threads of life: I grew up in an athletic family. I understand pro athletes; I have two in my family. And I understand [Ginny because] I’m a confident person, but I’m so vulnerable as well. And I’m very cognizant of the fact that it is so important for women to be represented properly in TV and film … and that’s what drew me to it.”
She’s new to the game of baseball, though:
Bunbury told People there was a lot of training – around three to four days a week. “I definitely had to live like a pro athlete, so I am doing like epsom salt baths, I’m icing myself, eating well,” she said. “The biggest thing is the workout. I was boxing as well. Three to four days a week I was boxing, three or four days a week I was pitching …. Real deal over here.”
She feels this whole “breakout star” thing is a little like what Ginny goes through:
“People keep saying that. It’s so cool. I do feel an amount of pressure, but I think pressure’s good. It’s kind of cool because it parallels Ginny a little bit and what she’s experiencing. All she wants is to focus on baseball. And for me, it’s like, ‘Oh, I feel this large amount of pressure, as well. I just want to be a good actress.’”
Pitch, which also stars Ali Larter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Bill Baker, premieres Thursday (Sept. 22, 2016) on FOX.