Though the pandemic has made filming “Pioneer Woman” difficult, Ree Drummond’s family stepped up to the plate. Drummond’s daughters, son-in-law, and nephew recently shared why they love filming the show together so much.
When COVID-19 began spreading, Drummond knew she wanted to keep filming and sharing recipes. However, her usual crew couldn’t help, so she came up with the bright idea of making it a family affair.
During a recent episode of #AskAlex, Drummond’s daughter, Alex, explained how things came to be. “My mom texted us and was like, ‘Can you guys help me film the show?’ And we were like, ‘What do you mean?’ We were very confused.”
And with that series of texts, both Ree’s daughters, her son-in-law, and her nephew headed out to Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
So, what are their favorite parts of filming the show together? “I think it’s fun!” says Alex. “I think my mom is just a lot more natural and it’s very goofy.”
Paige, Ree’s other daughter, adds they “all work very well together” and like to “joke around.”
However, Ree Drummond’s nephew and son-in-law are in it for a different reason. “The food’s the best thing,” according to Ree’s son-in-law, Mauricio. “And being together.”
“The food is the best thing,” Stuart, Drummond’s nephew, agreed. “But yeah, we’ve all also gotten a lot closer.”
Interestingly, Paige explains she didn’t think the setup would last very long. “Me, Alex, Stu, and Mauricio just started filming on our iPhones. We thought it was going to be a short-term thing.”
Alex chimed in as well. “At first, we didn’t really know what we were doing. But we’ve learned as we’ve gone and we have really evolved. So we’re still doing it!”
Ree Drummond On What Surprised Her Most With Filming Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond writes cookbooks and children’s books, not to mention manages her own blog and website, on top of filming “Pioneer Woman.” She suspected filming the show would take up a lot of time, but was still surprised.
“I was also surprised by how long shooting days are. I tell people to imagine a busy mother of four who has a website and writes books but who then has 14 fewer hours in a day.”
Being the host of her own show also proved to be an interesting challenge.
“For me, it’s the learning curve of having to talk to a camera. Before filming my show I’d been on TV before, but it’d always been a morning show segment where there’s a host I can have fun with. But when the camera started rolling with my show it was just me and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, who do I talk to?'”
Luckily, it seems filming with family members has made the process both easier and more enjoyable.