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.