A few weeks ago, Gwyneth Paltrow gave an interview about how happy she was for Beyonce and Bey’s impending motherhood. Instead of just wishing Bey well, Dame Goop decided to lay on the “motherhood is the only thing that gives a woman’s life significance” sanctimony. Goop’s comment: “I think motherhood is the biggest blessing of all time and it give your life real meaning. It’s always interesting when you’re a woman with success and you’ve achieved a lot, and then you have a baby and you realize everything you thought was an achievement really is nothing until you have a kid.”
Goop really upset me and CB said something to me that was the crux of what I was trying to explain in my rage-filled, verbose way. Paraphrasing CB, she said something like: Being a mom is an achievement, and it does give your life a new meaning, but it’s just different than other achievements in a non-comparable way. You can’t compare being a mom to owning your own business, or getting your B.A., or any of the other achievements you can have.
Anyway, I get tired of Hollywood moms trying to out-patronize other moms, or the childfree ladies. That’s one of the reasons I like Julie Bowen – she isn’t trying to out-mother anybody. She freely admits that some days she kind of hates her children.
Parenting isn’t always pretty!
Modern Family’s Julie Bowen won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Sunday night for her portrayal of Claire Dunphy, a mother of three whose kids’ antics sometimes drive her up the wall. The real-life mom of three admits that her experiences as a mom help her to relate to the neurotic character she plays.
“If I wasn’t a mom, I think it’d be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once,” Bowen, 41, told Us Weekly Sunday at the Governor’s Ball in LA. “Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine.” (Bowen and husband Scott Phillips have a 4-year-old son, Oliver, and 2-year-old twin boys, John and Gus.)
“I love them so much,” she added. “There’s always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn’t mind if a giant hook just pulled them off the stage of my life! I think that’s how Claire feels. But if I wasn’t a parent, I think that dichotomy would confuse me.”
The season premiere of Modern Family is Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.
[From Us Weekly]
Honesty is so refreshing. Don’t worry, though, the judgmental Mother Mafia is already preparing to lynch Julie for her refreshingly honest comments, particularly her use of the word “hate”. I think it’s better for Julie (or any mother) to openly discuss how aggravating it is to be a mom, rather than keep it all bottled up and lacquer it over with a layer of Botox, on top of a layer of denial, on top of a layer of vodka. MORE HONESTY.
I’ve included some photos of Julie at various pre-Emmy events over this past weekend. I’m telling you, her style is slowly improving. It’s not “good” but it’s “better”.
Photos courtesy of WENN.