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'Mike & Molly' Star Katy Mixon Is All About Body Positivity on 'American Housewife'

by Raphael Chestang 4:11 PM PDT, August 04, 2016
Playing 'Mike & Molly' Star Katy Mixon Is All About Body Positivity on 'American Housewife'

Katy Mixon barely got any time off between the cancellation of Mike & Molly and the start of her new show, American Housewife, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

"Mike & Molly wrapped, I think, on Jan. 29 and I walked in on Feb. 4 into that room of American Housewife," Mixon tells ET's Leanne Aguilera. "It is just the biggest gift in the world. I could not be more grateful."

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In American Housewife, Mixon plays confident wife and mom of three, Katie Otto. When her family moves to the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, for the better school district, Otto finds herself to be a fish out of water in her new neighborhood full of Stepford wives with perfect bodies.

The show was originally titled, The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, and the actress dished on the benefits of the new title.

"I love it in the sense that everybody can relate," she says. "Men, women, kids, everybody deals with insecurities. That's humanity."

Mixon's character covers her insecurities with self-deprecating humor. The script makes use of the term "fat," which could become a hot-button issue for some viewers, but Mixon assured us that the show isn't trying to make any statements through their use of the word.

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"It's not concentrated on," she insists. "She's feeling terrible about herself and that's what the struggle is -- trying to be fearless and handle it. That's where the comedy comes from."

American Housewife debuts Oct. 11 on ABC.

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