That '70s Show 's Debra Jo Rupp Gets Emotional About the 'Gift' of Returning to Set: 'No Time Passed'
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December 28, 2022, 4:32 AM·2 min read
Debra Jo Rupp feels blessed to be able to reprise her role as Kitty Foreman on That '90s Show.
The That '70s Show actress has called the return to the Foreman's Wisconsin house a "gift" in a new behind-the-scenes interview shared by Netflix on Tuesday. Rupp tearsup while explaining what it's been like to return to the same set that launched the beloved sitcom back in 1998.
"Seeing all the kids come back, it was almost like no time passed," she says. "It was like a mini reunion every week. It's just been amazing."
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That ‘90s Show. (L to R) Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman, Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman in episode 107 of That ‘90s Show. Cr. Patrick Wymore/Netflix © 2022
The clip gives a sneak peek at those reunions with Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Topher Grace as they shared hugs and laughs between takes.
With the group back together, Rupp reminisces about her time with the then-teens on set. She shared that a nervous Kunis visited her dressing room ahead of her first kiss — which happened on-screen with (future husband) Kutcher.
"I remember Mila's first kiss was Ashton," she says. "I remember her coming to my dressing room when she had to do that and I remember thinking 'Oh my God, well at least he's cute.'"
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That ‘90s Show. (L to R) Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman, Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman in episode 104 of That ‘90s Show. Cr. Patrick Wymore/Netflix © 2022
Rupp isn't the only legacy cast member returning for Netflix's spin-off That '90s Show. Her TV husband, Kurtwood Smith, is reprising his role as the ever-sarcastic father Red Forman. Together, they'll welcome their granddaughter, Leia (Callie Haverda), to their home — and she'll bring around a group of rebel teens, reminiscent of the retro, pot-smoking teens beloved on That '70s Show.
Though their own son, Eric, is grown, Kitty and Red will revert to a stage of surrogate parenthood when they open their Point Place Wisconsin basement to a whole new generation of teens.
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A cornerstone of That '70s Show was the on-screen chemistry between Kitty and Red Forman, who were played Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith. Fans loved how well the pair brought to life a couple that seemed so in love that it was actually like they had been married for 20 years. The pair had a very natural dynamic with each other and definitely helped make the show as popular as it still is today.
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So when fans learned they would be returning for That '90s Show, they were ecstatic. Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith were able to bring their characters to life and create such a seemingly natural dynamic thanks to their many years of acting. Before That '70s Show, both had already developed very impressive resumes as actors, and they continue to grow those resumes, even though That '70s Show will always be their most iconic roles.
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9/9 Debra Jo Rupp Started As A Stage Actress
Debra Jo Rupp started her acting career in the late 1970s. She did a handful of commercials and soap operas, but ultimately she found herself working as a stage actress. She did several off-broadway plays, like The Time of The Cuckoo and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which earned her critical acclaim.
8/9 Kurtwood Smith Started Acting In 1980
Kurtwood Smith's career started around the same time as Rupp's, around the late 1970s and early 1980s. Like many actors, he worked his way up from bit parts to supporting roles. His first film was Roadie, which starred Meat Loaf, which was also his first feature film role. Soon after Roadie, Smith did a handful of other parts before getting more speaking roles in films like Going Berzerk and Flashpoint.
7/9 Debra Jo Rupp Broke Into Film In 1988
Debra Jo Rupp's film debut was in Big, the Tom Hanks movie directed by Penny Marshall. Rupp played the timid secretary of the film's villain, played by John Heard. From then on, she worked consistently on both television and in movies.
6/9 Kurtwood Smith Had Bit Roles In Several Shows And Movies Until RoboCop
While his film career was ramping up, Smith was also working in television and can be spotted in episodes of The A-Team, The Paper Chase, and Lou Grant a short-lived show starring Ed Asner that has become a cult classic. But in 1987, Smith hit the big time when he played the villain, Clarence Boddicker, in the first Robocop movie. Fans of the movie might just know him as the guy who says, "B*tches, LEAVE!" but his character's name was Clarence, just for the record.
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5/9 Debra Jo Rupp Began Appearing In Several Sitcoms And Dramas
After Big, Rupp had another stint on Broadway in the 1990 version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But it was her television career that was exploding. Rupp can be found in episodes of several classic 1990s sitcoms and a few dramas. A few notable titles are Newhart, Blossom, LA Law, ER, Seinfeld, and Caroline In The City. But one small role on a sitcom would really give her career a shot in the arm.
4/9 Kurtwood Smith Was In A Star Trek Movie
Smith also got plenty of work on television. He was in The X-Files, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, and numerous shows that modern audiences probably are not familiar with because they were very short-lived. But, Trekkies already know that soon after Robocop, Smith joined the Star Trek franchise with a prominent role in Star Trek VI as the Federation President. He also came back as Clarence in Robocop III.
3/9 Debra Jo Rupp Started To Gain Attention After Appearing On Friends
Remember that sitcom mentioned earlier that boosted Debra Jo Rupp's career? It was Friends. Fans of the show will recognize her as Alice Knight Buffay, the older woman who marries Phoebe's brother. A recurring role on such a popular show would help any actor's career. It would not be long after her role on Friends that she auditioned for the sitcom that turned her into the star she is now.
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2/9 Kurtwood Smith Played A Controversial Character In A Time To Kill
Among the many roles Smith played, one was in a film that faced a lot of controversies when it was released. Smith played a Klu Klux Klan leader in the movie A Time To Kill, a legal thriller based on the novel by John Grisham of the same name. The story is a very disturbing one as it deals with racism, rape, pedophilia, and moral questions about revenge and self-defense.
1/9 Smith And Rupp Landed That '70s Show In 1998 And The Rest Is History
Eventually, their search for work lead them to both audition for roles on a Fox sitcom. The story is plain and simple. They auditioned, the show-runners picked up on their chemistry, and they both got their parts. The pilot episode aired in 1998 and from then on they were Kitty and Red Forman, and to That '70s Show fans that is who they always will be.
How old is Kitty in That 70s Show?
In the Season 2 episode "Laurie Moves Out" she was said to be 20, and the year was 1977. But this is skewed by the fact that when Red and Kitty had Halloween in 1957 in a flashback, Kitty discovers that she's pregnant with Laurie, which would make her birthday 1958.
Is Kitty from That 70s Show still alive?
Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951) is an American actress best known for her roles as Kitty Forman on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, and Alice Knight-Buffay on the third through fifth seasons of Friends. ... .
Who plays Kitty's mom on That 70s Show?
Beatrice "Bea" Sigurdson is a fictional character on FOX comedy That '70s Show. She is the mother of Kitty Forman and is portrayed by the late Betty White.
When was Debra Jo Rupp on Friends?
"Friends" The One with the Embryos (TV Episode 1998) - Debra Jo Rupp as Alice Knight Buffay - IMDb.