When Teri Polo and Sherri Saum first connected while preparing to film the pilot for The Fosters, they knew they were at the beginning of something special. And that something special remains to this day.
When the pair, who played married parents of five Lena and Stef Adams Foster on hit Freeform drama, connected with PEOPLE earlier this week to discuss the reunion and pilot script-reading livestream their lasting bond couldn’t have been more evident. During the chat, the two reflected on the show and shared inside jokes. (Hummus, anyone?)
The special one-night-only event streams tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on PEOPLE.com and EW.com to benefit The Actors Fund (watch here! donate here!), and reunites the Polo and Saum with the rest of the family, including Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Danny Nucci and Noah Centineo. Expect tears, laughs, and a whole bunch of warm fuzzies.
"We knew when we did the pilot that we were filming something incredible," Polo says. "To then go back to have that incredible feeling again was really crazy and wonderful."
Read on for the hilarity and heartwarming reflection that happens when Polo and Saum come together.
This event is to benefit The Actor’s Fund. Why is the work they're doing right now so important?
POLO: The Actors Fund helps everybody in this industry, from the makeup people to the grips to the usher in theaters. And it’s not only money but it’s services. This helps everybody in this industry to get through this time.
SAUM: So many people are involved behind the scenes of what you see when you turn on your TV. There’s so many departments and skilled professionals who have dedicated their lives to this craft and to this calling and when something like this happens, which is so unprecedented, we’re all brought to our knees. We want to keep the entertainment business going not just for ourselves but for the world because it touches people, it changes people, it changes the narrative in people’s homes and lives, here and globally. It might seem like a trivial profession to someone who doesn’t really think about those things, but we all look to the TV and the movies to take us away from our circumstances for a while for some reprieve and some comfort and some laughter, and we just want to support all the people who make that happen in whatever way they contribute to what goes on screen.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and serves as a safety net to everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry. Since March 18, The Fund has distributed more than $13 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 11,000 people in need due to the current COVID-19 pandemic — more than six times the funds normally provided in a year. As the emergency with coronavirus continues to evolve, the Actors Fund has temporarily transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
To donate, visit ActorsFund.org/TheFosters, and tune in to the table-read and reunion right here tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on PEOPLE.com and EW.com.
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