Anna Faris, by her own admission, was never a "baby person." That is, until she gave birth last August to her adorable son, Jack. Now the 36-year-old mom (and wife to Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt) has taken on yet another new project that's all about motherhood—albeit the dysfunctional kind.
Faris stars alongside Allison Janney in the new CBS sitcom Mom, created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) and premiering on Sept. 23.
Perhaps best known for her hilariously bubbly (and sometimes bubble-headed) characters, Faris now stars as a newly sober single mom of two whose passive-aggressive and former drug-addled mom (Janney) has come back into her life to, well, criticize her.
We caught up with Faris on the set of Mom, where she revealed the best advice she got from her own mom and what she said she'd never ever do as a mother ... but did anyway.
On playing a "normal" character vs. the "wild" one for once...
"There is a thing where I feel insecure—is my own personality enough? It makes me insecure because normally I would be able to hide behind either stupidity or craziness or whatever another character’s (personality is). But I love it. She’s a dimensional character, and I’m so grateful."
What she's done as a mom that she said she'd never do...
"Bottle in the crib. I was never a baby person. As a kid growing up, I wasn’t drawn to babies—I’m not really drawn to other people’s babies, so this has been a learning experience. I knew there was going to be a lot of guilt involved. I just didn’t know how much guilt. And I think there’s just going to be a lifetime of guilt."
Best advice from mom...
"She used to be really scared of insects, spiders, bugs. And she got some advice from an older relative, my great-aunt, who witnessed my mom being scared, and she said, 'Don’t you pass that fear on to your children.' And so she, after that, didn’t. And so now my brother and I have a fondness for all bugs, which kind of freaks people out. But I love that idea that she didn’t pass her fear onto us. I love that. It’s sort of about being brave."
How she keeps it together on Mom despite so many funny scenes ...
"I feel like we’re the type of actors who hopefully get emotionally invested in the scene, so it’s hard to look at it from an outsider’s perspective.
"I started in this industry doing the Scary Movies, and everyone was constantly breaking and laughing, and it just made me crazy. I was like, 'We’re going to be here for hours. It wasn’t even that funny.'"
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(Mom photo courtesy of CBS)