'The Fosters' Season 1 finale: Sherri Saum hopes 'it broadens the definition of family'

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Zap2it: How do you describe your "Fosters" character, Lena?

Sherri Saum: Lena is an extremely compassionate woman, a vice principal at a charter school. [She has a] gigantic heart for kids; sometimes it gets her in trouble, but [it's] always in the right place.

Zap2it: Are you excited to be in a groundbreaking role?

Sherri Saum: I didn't think about it that much until the show started airing and the feedback we were getting and how grateful people were.

Zap2it : Has there also been negative feedback?

Sherri Saum : It was really peripheral. I heard this group came out against us before we even shot a frame of the show. They are going to have to get used to it. We are just reflecting what is happening in society.

Zap2it : Where is home?

Sherri Saum : I am pretty much full time in L.A. I have a place in New York. Any excuse -- my friend needed a dog sitter in New York -- and I will fly back.

Zap2it : What do you like to do in New York City?

Sherri Saum : I love to walk more than anything on Earth. I love to not get in the car after eating a huge meal and walking 70 blocks if I have to. I never want to get in that cab, and people shop and window shop and I love to sit in Central Park and go to museums.

Zap2it : What message do you hope the show gives?

Sherri Saum : I hope it broadens the definition of family for people. A family does not have to look any certain way.
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