I was invited by STX Entertainment to Los Angeles to attend the Bad Moms Event. Although my expenses were paid, all opinions below are my own.
While in LA attending the awesome event for Bad Moms, I was given the exclusive opportunity to interview talent from the film. The talent included Kathryn Hahn + Mila Kunis as well as the Writers and Producer and finally Christina Applegate + Annie Mumolo! All interviews were SO fun and exciting.
Christina and Annie were such a fun interview. I am SO excited to share their time with you!
Mila [Kunis] was mentioning the great chemistry that the cast all had. And, you know, watching it, you can tell that it must have been a blast to make. What are your favorite memories from the filming?
Christina: Talking with all the girls in a circle in our chairs about politics and our children. That was the conversation every day. It went back and forth from being a mother and politics, mother, politics, mother, politics, mother, politics. They kind of go hand in hand because one’s going to form the future for our offspring as well.
Annie: : I died a little. I died. But, no, everybody was so supportive. Like, I was very sick, and Jada [Pinkett Smith] was sick, and Christina sent this big box of hot toddy mix, and which I drank the whole thing.
As far as your characters, did you guys get any inspiration from any like real-life situations?
Christina: If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you, especially in my case. There’s a Gwendolyn everywhere you go, you know? There’s the mom that you look to and that you like can’t believe that they like made those cupcakes and they had the time to make them with figurines and like sparklers coming out of them. And how do they do that? And then they always look good and smell good. I roll up to school with like hair that I haven’t washed in seven days, and my toenails are disgusting, and that’s the best I could do, and my daughter hasn’t brushed her hair in three days. And you’re always a tossup of like brush teeth, brush hair, brush teeth, just teeth. Teeth is more important than brushing the hair before we get out of the house because that takes about 20 minutes of brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush your teeth please. Put that down please. Please brush your teeth. Please brush your teeth. That’s my morning. That’s every day. That was today. That was 7:00 AM. Brush your teeth, Sadie. Brush them. Brush them. Brush them. Brush them. Brush them. I mean we can all relate to knowing a Gwendolyn, knowing a Vicky [Annie Mumolo], knowing an Amy [Mila Kunis], knowing a Carla [Kathryn Hahn], knowing, you know, a Kiki. We’re all them, you know?
Annie: The Gwendolyn is the one that looks you up and down, though. You get like the, hi, yes. Yes. Oh, my god. I don’t know how I did this.
What’s your least favorite mom job? For us, it’s like making lunches and wiping butts. But, what about you guys?
Christina: It’s real hard to wake up. Waking up is real rough, and I’m trying to have a better attitude with it because sometimes she would come in, and she’d be like, morning, Mama. And I’d just be like hi. And I’m like, oh, my God, that’s horrible. That’s like the first thing she sees is me just like resenting the fact that she’s like waking me up 15 minutes before my alarm has gone off, like shoving a doll in my face, going, there’s a string, Mom. Wake up. Mom, mom, there’s a string. You need to cut it.
I’m like is it seven o’clock, Sadie? So, I’m trying to be kinder in the mornings, and I also say to her you do have a father. He’s on the other side of the bed. He knows where the scissors are as well. So, I will have this nice conversation. Like, honey, you can totally go ask Dad to do it, or to get breakfast or anything like that because, you know, we both were asleep. So, that’s okay. She’s like, oh, yes, I will. Next morning, 5:40, Mom, I can’t find Cheetah. And you’re like [crying sound]. So, that’s my hardest part, is starting the day. But, once I’m up, you know, I’m good.
Annie: Mine’s the hours between 4:30 and bedtime. The dinner to the bath to the books to the brush your teeth to get in your pajamas to the bed, that whole thing to me, I need breaks in the middle. I go in my closet. I take a few minutes and breathing. There’s wine. There’s little mini breaks and checking out and then checking back in and then like regrouping and okay. We got to get to the bath. Oh, God. Oh, my God.
So, when I know they’re coming home from school now, I start getting a little–you know, it’s that whole, all right, how many more activities can we do to–what time are you coming home? But, it’s that and when you get to Thursday, and it’s like we’re having find your dinner. Your dinner is somewhere in this kitchen. It’s whatever you want it to be. You’re five. You can do it. You’re nine. You can do the whole rest of the night. Read to him. That’s it. And then by Friday, everyone’s like animals. And then, yes, we start over on Monday. But, that afternoon to evening thing, right?
As a mom, which scene in the movie did you most relate to?
Annie: I think I liked when they were at the bar, and this might say a little too much information about me, but when they’re like let’s be bad moms. And then they make the decision to like let go of all the pressure and the trying to be perfect and just like let’s take a minute for ourselves because it’s a wish fulfillment thing, at least for me, that, you know? That’s a hard one. When Mila’s character says I’m done. No, she says no to your character. You know, I can’t. I’ve had this day, and I’m going to say no.
Christina: I called it when I tap out, you know? Sometimes, I look at my husband, and I go tapping out. Like, I’m done. See you guys later. I’m going to go outside. I’m going to do something by myself, and you got this. I’m done, as she’s laying on the ground screaming, going I don’t want you to be my mother. I hate you. I don’t want to hang out with you anymore. And I’m like tap out. Tapping out. Done. So, yes, I do get like the when you’re like nope. No more. No more of this today. It isn’t like my kids hate me, she actually obsessively loves me. She says “you’re beautiful, Mama”
Annie: Oh, mine is like, Mom, you’re going out like that? Are you leaving the house like that to take me? Are you coming like that? All the time. She drew a portrait of me with like a crazy hair, messy bun, in my sweats. She drew a portrait and put it in our kitchen, and like my mom is crazy.
Christina: Oh, man. If I ever have my hair down, Sadie was going through the stage of this, that if it was down, and I had makeup on, she’d start crying because she knew I was leaving to go work. She was like, no, put it back up in the mom bun. It needs to go back to its spot. Where it lives, where there’s like a family of birds that have made their nest, like Snow White. Do you know what I’m saying?
What is it you want moms of every age child to take away from this fun movie?
Christina: Cut yourself some slack. I love this saying from my kid’s karate class, I never really even thought about it, but that practice makes progress because perfection is not something you can obtain. And it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to fail in front of your kids. It teaches them that that’s how life goes and to not hold yourself to such insane, unrealistic standards in life because life’s going to throw crap at you all the time. It’s about how you get back up and how you keep moving on, and I think that’s what we’re trying to say in this movie. It’s saying to moms don’t judge each other. Don’t judge yourself because usually we’re shaming ourselves. We’re telling ourselves that we have to be more than we’re capable of doing. You know? And I think that it’s beautiful at the end. Like, she just goes, you know what? We’re all bad moms. We’re all in this together. And we have to help each other. From the Gwendolyns to the hippie moms to the whatever moms, we’re not all these different groups. We’re mothers at the end of the day.
Annie: I took away from it myself is to make sure to take time for yourself. I never did that, and it really took a toll on my. I always felt guilty in the beginning. Now I’m really good at being a bad mom. I had to transition. In the beginning I didn’t feel okay going anywhere or letting someone else. It was always guilty just leaving or not doing everything that and as a working mom, it’s so very challenging. But if you don’t make sure to take just a little care of yourself, that you could end up in trouble, and then you can’t be the mother you hoped to be anyway. And so, I think that’s really important, at least it was for me too.
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BAD MOMS – In Theaters July 29
In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap.
Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate
Studio: STX Entertainment
Writers/Directors: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
Producers: Suzanne Todd, Bill Block