Julie Bowen wants to protect your ears
Julie Bowen, the Emmy-winning "Modern Family" actress, wants you to wear sunscreen. Everywhere.
And the mom of three boys has good reason.
"My oldest son has had to go in to get something removed off the top of his ear, because all of a sudden there was this black spot," Bowen tells mom.me. "I think I wasn't getting sunscreen on the very top of his ear. Who knew?"
While Bowen assures us that 9-year-old son Oliver is "100 percent fine," that's one of the reasons she's teaming up with Neutrogena—to make sure moms know that "every part counts, and skin cancer sucks."
The 46-year-old actress talked to us about skin care, motherhood shortcuts ("I don't understand why I need to roast a chicken if Whole Foods is doing it every day, all day.") and what she's doing for Mother's Day, which will focus more on her younger boys, John and Gus.
"Mother's Day is the day after the twins' birthday," she says, "and this year it will be the day of their actual birthday party, so I will be spending Mother's Day entertaining thirty 6- and 7-year-olds."
Read on to find out more!
What quality makes for a good mom?
What is your favorite quality in a dad?
What did you think you'd be when you grew up?
An actor. It was a secret. No one knew this, but I did.
What trait do you hope your children inherit from you?
Drive. I'm very driven by a lot of things, and it doesn't bother me. I'm sure it bothers the people around me to no end, but it doesn't bother me.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Acceptance and when they don't try to fix something.
Everybody thinks they need to fix things, and you don't. Just listen. And my really good friends just relate. They just go, "Yeah, man, that sucks." Or, "That's great." And my really good friends don't try to make me do things that I don't like to do, like have champagne ladies' lunches or go to a spa. These are not things that I love.
My really good friends understand that I like to hang out in the back yard with all the kids, with a giant sun hat and my "friends and family" bikini—that's what I call it because it's so ugly.
What's your idea of misery?
Being inside on a beautiful day.
I realize that's not the lowest depth of misery. I'm sure anybody in Syria could tell me otherwise, but to me that is just the most depressing thing to feel like you can never get outside.
If you could switch lives with anyone, who would you switch with?
She's amazing. I just read her book ("Year of Yes"), and I can't believe how impressive she is. I knew she was smart and capable, but her ability to run several different shows, be as good a friend and mother as she is, and yet take the time to write a book that's all about what's essentially wrong with her and say, "Hey man, I'm overweight and I'm not having fun. What can I do to actually change that while still running several shows and having kids?"
And she found a way to make it work. She found a way to have fun in her life, and I do think I need more of that.
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What's the one quality you wish you had as a parent?
Lower standards. I really wish I could let things go. I need to relax about things sometimes. I get very uptight, and I put my need for achievement and goals onto my kids, and they don't need that.
What is the social media platform you can't live without?
You could throw it all into the ocean right now. I'd be perfectly happy.
I do feel a little out of touch sometimes when my friends are like, "You didn't RMQPI me." And I'm like, "I don't know what that is, and I don't know why I would do that."
What is your favorite motto?
My dad always said, "This too shall pass." I have no idea where it comes from. It sounds sort of biblical, but "This too shall pass" has become my guiding force. Anything you think is great is going to go; anything you think is awful—don't worry, it's going.
So try to ride it out and appreciate what you have now. And wear sunscreen.