All photos of Momona by Noah Asanas. Styled by Joanna Kulpa. Hair by Jade Kugelman. Makeup by Min-jee Mowat. On page 16: (Left) Sweater, Joe Fresh. Skirt, Club Monaco. Earrings, Topshop. (Center) Sweater, J. Crew. Tee, Gap. Earrings, Topshop. (Right) Top, Twik. Dress, stylist’s own. Earrings, H&M. This page: Jacket, Zara.
Here we are: The cast of the instantly iconic Baby-Sitters Club reboot— Shay Rudolph (Stacey), Momona Tamada (Claudia), Malia Baker (Mary Anne), Xochitl Gomez (Dawn)—and me, totally fifth-wheeling as the TV stars and real-life besties host a (socially distanced) BSC reunion. (Due to COVID-19, Florida-based cast member Sophie Grace, who plays Kristy, was unable to join us.)
ICYMI: Netfl ix’s updated take on Ann M. Martin’s beloved books from the ’80s and ’90s follows a group of five middle school friends and their grassroots babysitting business. As soon as the series dropped in July, viewers flipped for the lovable, stylish cast, who perfectly portrayed the feel-good, binge-worthy friendship story we didn’t know we needed.
Even in these casual times, the girls look TV-ready: Momona (aka “Momo”) is wearing a Claudiaesque neon yellow top and oversize denim jacket, while Shay dons a chic magenta cardigan with rainbow earrings. Malia is rocking an elegant ’70s-ish button-down and a high bun while Xochitl is cozy in a striped tee, ponytail and plaid pants. The second everyone sees each other, they start chatting just like their characters at an *actual* BabySitters Club meeting.
The girls say they feel like this entire year—from shooting the series to FaceTiming each other the night it premiered, counting down until the 12 a.m. Netfl ix release—has felt like a dream. None of them had ever worked on a project with a cast this big before. Having besties to geek out over fan edits and DMs with (as well as commiserate over the anxieties of new fame) has made the “surreal” experience way less lonely.
As Shay says, “We’re definitely navigating how to go through this. And we have each other’s backs because blowing up on social media overnight is really weird and kind of scary.” Adds Malia: “Oh yeah, we talk constantly. Every day, at least.”
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