We loved A Loud House Christmas and if you didn’t watch it you need to check it! We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak to Muretta Moss, who plays Rita Loud and speak to her about her role.
Moss stars as family matriarch Rita Loud in the original live-action holiday movie, which is based on the Emmy Award-winning animated series. The story follows Lincoln Loud as he gears up for the ultimate Christmas, until he finds out that his sisters have plans to be elsewhere for the big day. Determined to remind his family that they all need to be together, Lincoln and his best friend Clyde McBride embark on a mission to preserve the family’s holiday traditions.
BSCKids: Tell us a bit on how you go the role of Rita Loud and how familiar were you with The Loud House Universe?
Muretta Moss: I was not familiar with The Loud House universe which is funny because out of all the kids I now talk to, it is one of their favorite shows—I can see why. It’s fun and relatable, and if it’s not relatable, it is aspirational. As for the process itself, I received the audition from my agent and I immediately watched the video of my character and I said, “Heck yeah, I love this woman!” On the day of my audition, I was about to walk out my front door to go tape at a local taping service in Atlanta when they called me and said a tree fell and the power was out. Well, I had this character ready to go so I called my best friend and told her what happened and immediately went over to her place to record my audition and submit it to casting. My friend, Jennica Hill, is also a talented actress and ran the scene with me a couple times and I really want to thank her for playing such a pivotal part in me landing this role. When I did book it I had even more work to do and started binge watching The Loud House to get to know the family and Rita. It was fun homework.
Do you feel like you have anything in common with Rita?
My maternal grandmother’s name is Rita so I definitely felt a connection. I don’t have any biological kids, but I did grow up with three siblings and it was definitely a loud house. I think Rita is very relatable—she does her best, she isn’t perfect, and has a nice quirk about her. I can relate to that.
What do you think would be the hardest thing in real life with so many kids?
The loudness! I crave quiet time and you never really get too much of that with kids. Also I know minivans are “cool” with the parents, but they’re not my style…besides Vanzilla. Luckily, Vanzilla holds the entire family because I’d hate to drive a bus around to go to the grocery store. Also, remembering everyone’s names. Every parent I know confuses their children’s names, 11 children all starting with the letter “L” is laborious.
Were there any fun behind the scenes stories you can share with our audience?
The time spent on set for this Loud House movie was memorable. The cast immediately fell in love with each other and we knew we were creating something special. My favorite time behind the scenes is watching the young ones play with each other and do it all: go to school, have fun with their fellow cast mates, and do a fantastic job filming. Of course, watching the Lilys meet Santa behind the scenes was the most precious thing ever.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I like to buck tradition and really think about why we as a society do the things we do. Once I started really thinking for myself, I realized I don’t have to fit into the standard roles society places on young women like getting married and having kids. I think it’s ironic because those are the majority of the roles I play in film and television.
If you could guest star (voice acting or live) on another Nickelodeon show which one would it be and why?
Full disclosure, I really think reprising Rita Loud in a live-action TV show would be the ultimate. The thought of that makes me feel nostalgic for all the TGIF family shows I watched growing up. To actually answer your question, That Girl Lay Lay is a killer show and I’d love to play a quirky character on it.
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?
I am not much of a traditionalist, so it takes me a bit to get into any holiday spirit. I like the holidays, but the capitalism surrounding them gets to be a little too much for me. I do really love the smells of the holidays. But back to a favorite tradition—probably watching the cat inflect mayhem on the Christmas skirt and the gifts under the tree. The sound of the cat smashing through the presents and attacking the tree will wake you up in the middle of the night. I personally love that sense of adventure and joy—the rest of the family finds it trying.
What is your favorite holiday movie, besides this movie of course, and why?
Elf is up there because “SANTA!” I love, love, love Will Ferrell. The Christmas Chronicles are so good. Kurt Russell is one rocking Santa. A Christmas Story is classic and created an unwarranted fear of sticking my tongue on things. But seriously, A Loud House Christmas is where it is at.
Where can we find you on social media and what has been your favorite thing you have posted to your account.
You can find me @murettamoss on all social media platforms. I used to be funny on social media, I think. At present, I have social media fatigue but anytime I post videos of my cat, I am in the zone.
What else do you have coming up in the future that you can talk about?
I have an independent feature wrapping production and working on an HBO show. The new media show I co-produced, wrote, and acted in, Intersection, is making its round in the festival circuit and I’m eager to see what is next for that project because sweat and tears were poured into it.
Why should everyone tune in to watch A Loud House Christmas?
Everyone must tune in because A Loud House Christmas is for everyone. It’s a super fun, fast-moving holiday movie that reminds you about what is important, but also to embrace the changes that happen as you grow up. I think everyone can find connection and comfort with the Louds and I hope it brings people together as they go for this cheery great ride.
Thanks to Muretta Moss!