A native of Chicago, Rosa comes from a strong theater background, having performed in more than 40 professional productions beginning at age eight; ranging from comedy at the esteemed Piven Performance Company, as well as Second City, to starring in numerous musicals and touring with Kenny Rogers. Blasi's television debut was a recurring role on the CBS soap opera, "The Bold and the Beautiful." Soon to follow was a starring role on the MTV/UPN sitcom "Hitz." Rosa's rare combination of sex appeal and comedic timing landed her guest roles on hit shows such as "Frasier," "Becker," "Caroline in the City," "Drew Carey," "Grown Up," "Holding the Baby" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." and then went on to star in the hit LIfetime series "Strong Medicine." She later starred in the dramatic Showtime film, "Noriega: God's Favorite," which was shot in the Philippines. The film was directed by Roger Spottiswoode, and co-starred Bob Hoskins. Both the film and Blasi's performance were critically acclaimed. Blasi recently starred in the Vagina Monologues at the Apollo Theater and has recorded numerous radio and television voice-overs. Her sharp tongue and quick wit have earned her a reputation as a favorite and often repeat guest on talk shows.
1. Would you please tell us what are the projects that you are currently working on?
Right now we are filming season 4 of The Thundermans on Nickelodeon. We will have completed 97 episodes total by May. I am also a full time student at Antioch University majoring in Psychology. I will start my masters program in July to eventually become a licensed MFT (maraige and family therapist).
2. Please tell us what do you feel is your biggest achievement?
Being a great mom to my 10 year old, and a step-mom to another 10 year old. Both girls. Also having done almost 300 episodes of television I feel pretty good about. I knew what I wanted to do when I was younger than 8 years old and set out to accomplish it. I also wrote a comedic memoir called Jock Itch: Misadventures of a Retired Jersey Chaser in 2011 (Published by Harper Collins)
3. Besides acting, what are you passionate about?
Therapy and food. Really great theatre and movies. I’m a glutton for a good massage. Horses.
4. Why and when did you decide to pursue your acting career?
I was very young when I knew I was going to do this the rest of my life, and I didn’t have anyone telling me I couldn’t or it would be difficult. My parents are the reason I do this for a living, they gave me the confidence that I could be “whatever I wanted” and didn’t tell me about the odds of failing.
5. How would you describe Barb Thunderman from The Thundermans?
Not the best parent as her kids are always sneaking off and getting into trouble. But a loving mom, a little bit of a goof and her and Hank are always thinking they are cool (they are not).
6. What is your favorite scene on The Thunderman?
I loved the episode where the kids turned us back into teenagers!
7. So many celebrities are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them?
I am an intern at a sober living house called Miriam’s House for single mothers and their children. www.promisesfoundation.org. Although I do not have an addiction, SO many people’s lives are affected directly or indirectly by this.
8. How would you describe the relationship between Phoebe and Barb Thunderman?
I think Barb is super proud of Phoebe and Phoebe is receptive to her advice.
9. If you have chance to travel the world with anyone, who you will choose?
Probably my family (husband and kids and my parents).
10. What is like working with Kira Kosarin?
Well she keeps getting tall and it makes me feel super short LOL. Kira is a true roll model in every way. She is brilliant, talented, funny, healthy (mentally and physically), she makes good choices, she is a consummate professional. Her parents did a GREAT job raising her.
11. If you were not an actress, what would you be up to now?
I would be a therapist.
12. How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address?
I don’t have a fan mail address anymore. I get mail via my agents Bresler Kelly and Associates in Los Angeles. I have an instagram account @therosablasi I am fairly active on.
13. Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your acting career?
It takes a horrific toll on your self-esteem. You are the product, so when you are being rejected….YOU are being rejected. There is no way to not take that personally.
14. How do you strike the balance between family and your career?
15. Favorite Sport: None. Can’t stand sports.
Favorite Music: Hamilton and Hip Hop
Travel Destination: Hawaii or anywhere with a beach
Favorite TV Show: Girls, Shameless, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
16. Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their careers in Hollywood?
Don’t do it, unless you want this more than anything else in the world and you are willing to commit and dedicate yourself to the craft. I did 42 theatre shows before ever moving out to Los Angeles. I took voice lessons for years. Studying at the Second City conservatory in Chicago, I believe that is why I was successful. You have to do the work. I know that this is the era of YouTube stars, reality TV fame over talent...but that lasts 15 minutes. That’s not career longevity.