The “Abbott Elementary” character, Melissa Schemmenti, is a lot of fun. The second grade teacher doesn’t take shit and she always seems to know a boy. If you’ve been watching the hit show since the beginning and are wondering why it seems so familiar to you, maybe we can help you before the season two premieres on September 21. Lisa Ann Walter, the actress who plays Melissa, had a very memorable role in an iconic movie that made an impression on most millennials.
Flash back to 1998. Times were simpler: One of the hottest movies of the year was “The Parent Trap,” starring Lindsay Lohan and . . . Lindsay Lohan. In the remake of the classic 1961 film, two twins separated shortly after birth meet at summer camp and trade places so they can each meet their other parent. When Annie (British Lohan) goes to Hallie’s (American Lohan) house, she meets Chessy, Hallie’s babysitter. Walter, of course, plays the role of Chessy.
While “The Parent Trap” is full of memorable characters (we’ll always have a soft spot for Elaine Hendrix as Meredith Blake), Chessy is at the top of the list. The twins’ parents don’t seem to notice that they’ve switched places, but Chessy quickly catches on. Aware from the start that there are two girls, she is overcome with emotion when she finally realizes that the twin she never knew is now living with her.
Chessy quickly won over fans with her deep love for the twins and her caring and carefree attitude towards her parents. Sounds familiar? We absolutely see similarities between Chessy and Melissa, but maybe it’s just Walter. She crushes the no-nonsense, yet endlessly lovable, type of character.
If you miss Chessy, you can Stream “The Parent Trap” on Disney+. Otherwise, watch Lisa Ann Walter in the second season of “Abbott Elementary,” which airs Wednesdays on ABC.