Lisa Ann Walter, 60, is exactly how you'd expect her to be—sweet, funny, full of arresting anecdotes and quippy one-liners. She's known for playing a tough cookie with a big heart, from her role as Chessy in The Parent Trap to her current part as Melissa Schemmenti in Abbott Elementary. And while her two best-known characters demonstrate a clear fondness for kids, it seems she comes by that love naturally. Walter plays a teacher on Abbott, but her mother was an educator in real life, which has influenced the actress in many ways. If you need proof, just look at how the Maryland native spent her most recent birthday—collaborating with BIC to provide school supplies for teachers.
PureWow recently sat down with Walter, where we discussed everything from her collaboration with BIC to her junior high instructor who was the most like Abbott's Barbara Howard (played by Sheryl Lee Ralph).