'Raven's Home' Star Anneliese van der Pol Talks Playing a Divorced Mother

'Raven's Home' Star Anneliese van der Pol Talks Playing a Divorced Mother

That’s So Raven was known for being quirky, zany, and all-out hilarious, all attributes that the revival, Raven’s Home, is sure to have as well. But the revival also opens up a new topic that mirrors many women’s struggles worldwide: divorce.

Divorce “is very much a part of the show, and I could not be more proud to be a part of that,” actress Anneliese van der Pol, who plays Chelsea, told TVLine.

“In the episode we’re shooting this week, Raven is a little down on herself as a single mother. She feels alone and trapped, and Chelsea kind of has to bring her back to the surface. They’re doing this as two divorced moms, and how great is that? We’re representing single moms all over the world, and I think that’s great.”

She also says that Raven and Chelsea are as fun and kooky as ever.

“I don’t know if the parents are given the opportunity to be as funny as they can be sometimes…They’re often the B-story, which we are too at times, but Disney also has a lot of confidence in us. We’re allowed to be wacky and zany and funny, because we proved ourselves before.”

We’re so excited to see a more nuanced portrayal of moms, and we can’t wait to watch every shenanigan sure to come!

Raven’s Home premieres Friday, July 21 at 10pm ET/PT. Read the first episode summary here!

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