Why ‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Compares Filming a TV Show to ‘Childbirth’

by Amy Myers

When Ree Drummond says she puts her blood, sweat and tears into her Food Network cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, she means it. Like any big project, Drummond’s program can be as demanding as a teething toddler. And Drummond should know–she has four biological kids of her own! But for all the long days, sleepless nights and unnecessary fits, she is extremely proud and grateful for her show.

Now in its 28th season, The Pioneer Woman has captured home cooks all over the country. Because of Drummond’s authenticity and dedication to realistic homecooked meals, the red-haired ranch woman has become a Food Network sensation.

However, before her cooking show grew up into the smooth success it is today, Drummond likened filming The Pioneer Woman to childbirth–sometimes painful yet always rewarding. Back in 2012, she discussed the demands of her show in an interview with Imbibe.

“It’s very much like childbirth—when it’s over, you only remember the fun parts,” Drummond shared.

Ree Drummond Shared What Surprised Her Most About Filming ‘The Pioneer Woman’

Not to mention, Ree Drummond also frequently writes cookbooks and children’s books and also manages her own blog and website. That said, The Pioneer Woman quickly found that her passion was not a nine-to-five kind of career.

“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,” she said.

She also expressed how it was difficult for her to pivot from past television experience into becoming the host of her own show.

“For me, it’s the learning curve of having to talk to a camera,” Drummond said. “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?'”

Drummond also shared that before becoming a Food Network star, she was much more comfortable behind the scenes.

“I started out as a blogger, writer and a still photographer, so everything I’d done up to this point was on the other side of the camera,” she said. “When I started my show I wasn’t really sure if I’d translate to TV, since I’m most comfortable in my blogging realm where I can pause, and TV moves so fast.”

Despite the change in roles, Drummond appreciates the different perspectives that The Pioneer Woman gives her.

“On the other hand, the thing I really love about TV is that it shows more dimension. And it shows my kids and life on the ranch—so I now have this wonderful video scrapbook to remember things by.”