Who's Watching Us? | Claire Coffee + Bridget Moloney-Sinclair

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#224 - BFF’s actress Claire Coffee, director Bridget Moloney-Sinclair, and host Ellie Knaus warm up to summer with travel talk and “family gap year” dreams and bring levity to the bone-chilling subject of privacy in 2019.

In this conversation, we address nanny cams, security cams, data collection, and if there’s any point in trying to protect their children’s faces on social media. Claire discusses her parenting theory regarding “specialness”. And Bridget introduces the listener question from Ann Shrake and Vivian Lee: “If you could take your family anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?” (@AnnShrakeWrites & @theviv86)

We want to hear from YOU: where would you take your “family gap year”?  

Xx Ellie Knaus

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Crib Notes: Episode Research

The Day Target Broke - USA TODAY

Julie’s Greenroom on Netflix - YOUTUBE

Surveillance: Are We Being Watched? - THE NEW YORK TIMES

How Surveillance Cameras Could Be Weaponized With A.I.
“Advances in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance cameras, allowing footage to be constantly monitored and instantly analyzed, the A.C.L.U. warned in a new report.”


Natasha Beck, PsyD has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology specializing in pediatric neuropsychology and shares a wealth of information and travel suggestions on her site.  

Ellie’s Travel Shopping List


And to emotionally prep yourself for upcoming travel, enjoy this video we chat about on the pod: “How dads stress about getting to the airport” from @frontporchdad. What’s your family’s travel day mood?

Listener Travel Question on Atomic Moms

Bridget Moloney-Sinclair’s Short Film is Greenlit!

Bridget Moloney-Sinclair’s short film BLOCKS, starring Claire Coffee and Mark Webber has been greenlit! They are shooting this summer. Thank you so much to super listeners Vivian Lee + Anne Shrake (@AnnShrakeWrites & @theviv86) for donating to the film and for recording this listener question:

“If you could take your family anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?”



Bridget Moloney-Sinclair is currently a member of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. Bridget is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Theatre and Creative Writing for Media. She has a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine, concentrating on couples and family therapy. She is also an actress, making her living and qualifying for great health insurance one national commercial at a time. Her independent pilot I WAS A TEENAGE PILLOW QUEEN, which she wrote and directed, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival's TV Fest. She lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband and two small children.

You can find her on instagram: @Bridget.Moloney

Photography by Kat Tuohy

Claire Coffee is an actress best known for her role as Adalind Schade on NBC's long-running series GRIMM, but she considers her claim to fame being Ellie Knaus' best friend (and most frequent house guest). She's been acting since age five and graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Theater. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn with her husband Chris and four year old son, Calvin. Claire co-created the web series "Chelsey and Kelsey Are Really Good Roommates" with Ellie, and last year produced and starred in the independent pilot "I Was A Teenage Pillow Queen" written and directed by Bridget Moloney, which premiered at TriBeCa's TV festival. More recently, Claire can be seen as one third of a throuple on CBS' SWAT, and as a serial killer's wife in NBC's upcoming drama Lincoln.

You can find Claire on instagram: @clairecoffee
Photography by Luke and Mallory Leasure

Claire Coffee on Atomic Moms podcast

#210 - Claire Coffee (six seasons of NBC's GRIMM) and Bridget Moloney (AFI Directing Workshop for Women) are back to discuss mom anxiety! We're sharing our most neurotic fears, questionable spending habits, and how to kick digital addiction. Join us!

xx Ellie Knaus