At 27, Kylie Bunbury is about to become the most talked about ‘athlete’ on TV. She’s the new star of Fox’s ‘Pitch,’ portraying Ginny Baker, the first woman to be in the majors and play for the San Diego Padres. So, who is she?
1. Kylie’s worked hard to act as a pitcher.
She didn’t mess around during the months leading up to filming — she trained, even during lunch breaks with former MLB pitcher, Gregg Olson, who trained her two to three days a week. They started on a high school field and built up their strength. “I went into this not knowing what to expect at all, but she really put in the work,” he told ESPN. “She is an athlete, so she gets frustrated when she’s not throwing well. Pitching is about duplication.” She now throws at speeds of 55-60 miles per hour!
2. She grew up around sports.
Her father Alex Bunbury, is a Guyanese soccer player, and her brother is Teal Bunbury, who currently plays for the New England Revolution team. So it’s safe to say she had some guidance on that end.
3. She’s a dog lover.
When she needs to recharge, she’s just like us — she heads home (to Minnesota) and hangs out with her dog.
4. You may recognize her from Twisted.
Kylie starred in film like The Sitter and Prom before heading to TV and landing a lead role in the ABC Family show, playing Lacey Porter. “When I booked Prom, I could feel that I didn’t really know what I was doing. So I had a conversation with my brother and I remember him telling me that when he went pro, he didn’t stop training. You need a foundation,” she told Buzzfeed. She then started studying acting at Playhouse West.
5. She’s all about her family and her values.
If you scroll through her Instagram, you’ll see how important her brother and her mother are to her — and that at the end of the day, she cares about the important things.