Nearly 20 years after Family Matters completed its nine-season run, Entertainment Weekly brought the cast back together for a group photo and interview. Reginald VelJohnson, who played TV dad Carl Winslow, said, “I love these people… Every one of them. I didn’t realize I was going to see everybody.” But if you look at the photos EW took, that’s not everybody.
There’s Reginald VelJohnson, his TV wife Jo Marie Payton, their TV family members Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary, Bryton James, Telma Hopkins, and notable neighbors Shawn Harrison (Waldo Faldo) and Jaleel White (Steve Urkel). They even included an image of the late Rosetta LeNoire, who played the grandma of the clan and passed in 2002. But noticeably absent is the forgotten Winslow daughter Judy, who went upstairs in season four and never came back down.
Nonetheless, Jaimee Foxworth, who played the younger Winslow daughter, is mentioned in the EW article, albeit in passing. But why wasn’t she included? The Root reached out to Foxworth, who described the exclusion as “a slap in the face from Entertainment Weekly.” Foxworth believes she was left out because of the work she did in porn, years after Family Matters.
“By being included, It could have started a conversation about how certain people in a family don’t always do what everyone agrees with,” Foxworth said. “Sure I did adult films, but the only people that are going to be shocked about it, are kids. It’s not shocking. I did not kill anyone. I didn’t murder anyone. The only pain I inflicted on anyone was myself.”
It’s been more than ten years since Foxworth worked in porn, but she’s frustrated the stigma for such work is still so strong. Nowadays her focus is on raising her son and working on her memoir about life as a child star. “I’m not that little girl any more,” she told The Root, “Judy and Family Matters don’t define me. What defines me is how my son turns out. I don’t want people to look at my past, and even this situation, and judge me. I am extremely happy in the place that I’m in right now. I’m just trying to live my best life.”