Not sure what to do with all those holiday veggies? Turn on Netflix! On Best Leftovers Ever, hosted by Jackie Tohn, contestants must find a way to give old leftovers new life. For the GLOW alum, 40, it was the perfect fit.
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“I started acting when I was 9 and I didn’t get GLOW until my mid ’30s. So the thing that majorly drew me to it was it was this amazing hosting opportunity. They wanted a comedian, they wanted a woman, they wanted someone from Netflix, so all the pieces were sort of working together,” she explained. However, it was the concept that drew her in, adding, “As a person who was a broke actor for so long, leftovers are my jam. Like, that’s all I had for most of the time.”
Tohn went on to explain that when she was growing up, she’d create multiple meals out of leftover pizza.
“If I got a pie of pizza that was on sale for, like, $6 for the whole pie, the next day I would put balsamic and salad ingredients on top and make a pizza salad,” she shared. “The next day, I’d put veggie sausage on it and make it meat pizza. Truly, my financial situation for a long time made it so I had to make the best and make the most of my leftovers.”
The American Idol alum also added that she comes from “a big leftovers family” and saw hosting a comedy cooking show as “a dream come true.”
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Best Leftovers Ever also filmed at the perfect time, following season 3 of GLOW — and when season 4 was still on the table.
“We got picked back up so we had already made two-and-a-half episodes of season 4 and then we got our renewal,” she explained to Us about the Netflix show, which was renewed then canceled because of the coronavirus. “We were on our two-week break like everyone else starting in March and then it kept going and going. So, I shot Leftovers in November 2019, and we picked GLOW Season 4 back up in March of 2020 — literally, right before the pandemic. Had we started the show in February, we would have finished season 4. The timing just crazy sucked.”
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There aren’t any official plans to bring GLOW back, but Tohn added that “everyone is on board” to hopefully create a movie one day.
Best Leftovers Ever is now streaming on Netflix.
With reporting by Diana Cooper
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