Demi Lovato and Valerie Bertinelli were spotted for the first time on the set of their upcoming pilot Hungry this week.
Valerie, 61, who has become a sitcom icon for her turn on One Day At A Time in the 1970s, is playing Demi’s mother on the new show.
The duo appeared to be in bright spirits as they were seen grinning broadly while shooting outdoors in Los Angeles.
Back on TV: Demi Lovato and Valerie Bertinelli were spotted for the first time on the set of their upcoming pilot Hungry
Demi, who came out as nonbinary a couple of months ago, was dressed in workout gear on the set as was Valerie.
In fact Demi is also no stranger to TV stardom, having risen to fame as a teenager in the Camp Rock movies on Disney Channel.
Meanwhile Valerie’s last sitcom as a series regular was the Betty White vehicle Hot In Cleveland which ended on TV Land in 2015.
Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin is also the writer behind Hungry which follows the members of a food-issues group.
Legging it: Demi, who came out as nonbinary a couple of months ago, was dressed in workout gear on the set as was Valerie
Valerie’s character Lisa owns a restaurant and over the past few decades has repeatedly experienced major fluctuations in her weight.
Lisa is very close to Demi’s character Teddy, who as a ‘food stylist’ is trying to develop both a better love life and less problematic eating habits.
Last week Valerie posted footage to Insta Stories in which she tearfully discussed her real-life weight struggles over the years.
The sitcom legend, who hosts the Food Network show Valerie’s Home Cooking, had come across a troll in her comments saying she ‘needed to lose weight.’
Remember when: Valerie has become a sitcom icon as a result of her turn on the 1970s program One Day At A Time (pictured)
Laughing it up: Her last sitcom as a series regular was the TV Land show Hot In Cleveland which she (left) is pictured on with Betty White (center) and Wendie Malick (right)
‘Because see, I don’t have a scale or I don’t have clothes that I’m trying to put on every day and I don’t have mirrors so I don’t see what’s become of me,’ she replied sarcastically on her Insta Stories.
Valerie maintained that the jab in her comments was ‘not f***ing helpful’ and added that ‘I could lose the weight and keep it off, I would.’
Meanwhile in real life Demi is a recovering bulimic and has been publicly candid about the experience of suffering an eating disorder.
A few months ago the Heart Attack singer controversially waded into the food debate by slamming the frozen yogurt shop Bigg Chill on Instagram.
‘Finding it extremely hard to order froyo from [The Bigg Chill] when you have to walk past tons of sugar-free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter,’ Demi wrote, accusing them of ‘harmful messaging from brands or companies that perpetuate a society that not only enables but praises disordered eating.’
Throwback: In fact Demi is also no stranger to TV stardom, having risen to fame as a teenager in the Camp Rock movies on Disney Channel; she is pictured in the first Camp Rock in 2008
Demi was roundly mocked online for the ‘stupid’ remarks as social media users pointed out that sugar-free products are necessary for diabetic customers, as are gluten-free products for those with celiac disease.
Others were also infuriated at the idea of a celebrity targeting a small business as the hospitality industry reeled from the effects of the coronavirus lockdowns.
In an apology video that stretched on for over eight minutes Demi denied trying to ‘bully a small business’ and offered to ‘work with them’ on ‘doing better.’
However TMZ leaked purported DMs of Demi slamming the shop over an Instagram picture they apparently posted in 2016 of products labeled ‘GUILT FREE.’
The Confident singer also allegedly threatened Bigg Chill in the same exchange: ‘You don’t want to mess w me. You’re in the wrong and the customer is always right. You already know this listen to your customer and do better.’
Demi announced the following month: ‘Over the past year and a half I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work and through this work I’ve had the revelation that I identify as nonbinary,’ declaring a preference for they/them pronouns.
Reply to the trolls: Last week Valerie posted footage to Insta Stories in which she tearfully discussed her real-life weight struggles over the years