Celebrate Halloween With APB Speaker Kathy Najimy
27 Oct 2022
Just in time to celebrate Halloween, Disney+ recently released Hocus Pocus 2. Starring APB speaker Kathy Najimy, along with Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, fans have eagerly been waiting for the return of the Sanderson sisters to Salem, Mass. for another night of mischief. It’s a haunting sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic.
Although it’s been nearly 30 years since Najimy played Mary, she told People magazine that it was easy for her to get back into character. She added that everyone associated with the movie is astounded the film remains so popular with fans.
"It just really is very generational, but nobody is more surprised than we are about how this movie and these characters have just flooded through people's Halloweens and they really take it seriously,” she said. “They really, really look forward to it. And it's flattering."
Off-screen, Najimy is a passionate advocate at the forefront of myriad progressive social causes and is one of our most-requested speakers.
As a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, Najimy has been called a "social action hero." She credits her drive to her strong desire to see all living things treated equitably. "First and foremost, I'm a feminist. And basically, that stems from a strong belief that all deserve equal opportunity, rights and respect,” she said.
Her long-standing advocacy has placed her at the forefront of the #MeToo and TIME’S UP movements. Najimy has also led the way for AIDS activism for 30 years and has been honored for her work for women’s and girls’ rights and self-esteem, reproductive rights and Gay rights.
A staunch advocate for animal rights, she was awarded the PETA Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by Sir Paul McCartney. This year, Najimy, Kristin Chenoweth, Linda Perry and Chely Wright created and compiled a book called My Moment (Simon and Schuster). Over 100 women, from Gloria Steinem to Allison Russell, Carol Burnett, Lena Waithe, Billy Jean King, Joanna Gaines, Cynthia Erivo, Debra Messing, Chrissy Hynde, Tina Chen and many more, were asked: “What was the first time they fought for themselves?”
Najimy’s first priority—other than her family—is to try to be a member of communities for equality, respect and change. Her philosophy always engages and inspires. “We are all equal, connected by our sense of common humanity and able to achieve great things together,” she said.