“It’s like the cliché that everyone’s been saying, that it’s forced us to all slow down as a family,” Vanessa said of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down life as everyone knew it a year ago, meaning in their house no school for the kids and no film and TV shoots for mom or live shows for dad.
She didn’t work again until June, when the industry slowly started to inch back with masks, daily COVID-19 tests and other strict protocol in place—”a bubble of safety,” Vanessa called it—allowing her to film several episodes of the Fox sitcom Call Me Kat with Mayim Bialik, a new pilot, and the Christmas-themed Once Upon a Main Street, holiday movies having become another one of her annual traditions in recent years.
But, Vanessa shared, “my husband’s last performance was February 29th of 2020 in Florida. [Nick said,] ‘It’s over a year since I’ve seen a crowd and performed for people,’ and not that he needed a reminder but he’s like, ‘I do really, really, really love music. While I love my children and family, it doesn’t take away from that, but I love performing, I miss the guys…I miss getting on an airplane and just sitting there watching a movie, and being in a hotel.’ All the little things.”
And while they’re always hands-on parents to their three children, sons Camden, 8, and Phoenix, 4, and daughter Brooklyn, 6, quarantine has basically been all kids, all the time.