Busy Philipps’ daughter won’t watch her show Freaks and Geeks with her: typical?

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Busy Philipps is keeping active during quarantine with her new podcast, Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best. Like other parents, she and husband Marc Silverstein have also been trying to keep their daughters, Birdie, 12, and Cricket, 7, entertained. But Birdie recently took it upon herself to find her own entertainment. She bought a set of DVDs of her mom’s 1999 series, Freaks and Geeks. Birdie discovered the DVDs at a vintage record shop, but won’t let her mom watch with her. So far, Birdie’s only review is that her mom is “weird” in the show.

Freaks and Geeks fan! Busy Philipps’ 12-year-old daughter, Birdie, has been watching her mom’s 1999 show — but hasn’t seen Dawson’s Creek.

“She’s got a very sophisticated palette for shows,” the This Will Only Hurt a Little author, 41, recently told Us Weekly exclusively while promoting her Scotch-Brite Brand partnership.

The Illinois native, who also shares daughter Cricket, 7, with her husband, Marc Silverstein, added, “Interestingly, she was at a vintage record shop here in New York with her babysitter wearing masks, and she saw the DVD for Freaks and Geeks and bought it. She’s been watching the DVDs, but she won’t watch them with me.”

The preteen told her mom that she’s “weird” in the show, the actress added. “She’s kind of like, ‘Your voice is really deep, and it doesn’t even look like you. You look like me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I was a kid, obviously.’”

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It’s always amusing when kids come across old photos or videos of their parents. When my folks moved a while back, it unearthed some images that shocked my kids. They kept asking, “who’s that?” and simply wouldn’t believe their mother looked – or dressed – like that, once upon a time. But if the parent was playing a role and it was 21 years ago – I could see where that would be a mind-melt. According to Busy, her daughters don’t care about her profession. She told Us earlier this year that, “My kids literally don’t care about what I do.” While they understand what she does, they simply aren’t interested.

Us asked Busy if the reissuing of Dawson’s Creek sparked any interest in the girls and she said no. Busy thinks Birdie’s television show palette is too “sophisticated,” and she wouldn’t like it. Busy also mentioned in the clip that she is filming a new TV show, so Birdie will have even more of her mother’s shows to ignore. I looked it up because IMDb didn’t have much on it. The show is called Girl5Eva and it’s about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90s. It also stars Paula Pell, whom I love, Sara Bareillis – and Renée Elise Goldsberry from Hamilton! Tina Fey is producing. Sounds cute. CB found some pics from the set of Busy with Sara and Paula, they’re below.

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Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, and Sara Bareilles on the set of "Girls5Eva" in NYC

Busy Philipps, Sara Bareilles, and Paula Pell on the set of "Girls5Eva" in New York City

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  1. Darla says:

    Hectate I love your writing and feel bad there’s no comments on this thread. It’s not you, I just find her boring, sorry!

  2. ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

    She seems like someone that I would want to be friends with. Very down-to-earth with a sense of humor about herself.

  3. Molly says:

    Ashley Park form Emily in Paris seems to be involved too. Plenty of Instagram content of them together on set. The show sounds cute. Busy the person sounds a little exhausting, but I’ve always enjoyed Busy the actress.

    Also, what’s up with her and Mark? I know she’s in NYC, but she never talks about him and he’s never around. (He used to be on her Instagram a lot.) I saw on another gossip Instagram site that he cheated on her, but I have no idea.

  4. aang says:

    Not a fan of Busy but Freaks and Geeks was such a fun show. I watched it with my 15 year old and she loved it. I’ll probably watch it again someday.

  5. Mariangela says:

    Not a fan of Busy – I used to follow her on Instagram and she was exhausting and I haven’t been able to “unsee” her Instagram persona

    • MaryContrary says:

      Same. I had to unfollow because I found her so annoying. Her husband always looks crabby but I’m going to guess she’s a lot to be with IRL.

  6. Lena says:

    Imagine being 12 years old but too “sophisticated” for Dawson’s Creek. I lived in LA 4th-6th grade and realized even then kids grew up too fast there. Sad because childhood is fleeting enough. This is Busy’s 3rd project (at least) with Tina Fey as producer. She’s lucky she has someone in her corner like that -most actresses don’t.

    • Sof says:

      I laughed at that because I used to watch Dawson’s Creek when I was 12! I don’t think I ever finished the series, it was a summer vacation thing with my friends: ice cream and Dawson’s Creek.

  7. Cee says:

    My mum’s fashion during the 60/70s was something else. I even found a photo with a very uncanny Margot Tenenbaum resemblance.

  8. Sof says:

    It must be weird to be able to see what your parents did when they were young, especially if it’s working on a tv show that became popular.
    “She’s got a very sophisticated palette for shows” what a way to phrase that maybe she is picky at the moment! I rolled my eyes slightly at that, her daughter’s taste will change eventually.

  9. Caitlin Bruce says:

    “Too sophisticated” for Dawson’s Creek rubs me the wrong way. I loved that show when I was that age. It’s television it doesn’t have to be sophisticated to be enjoyed.

  10. Sus says:

    This woman seems like a living nightmare.

  11. Zantasia says:

    I wouldn’t be into that show if I was 12. I didn’t watch it until I was 30, and felt it was pretty heavy. Maybe it’s also that her daughter isn’t into a stressful show during a pandemic?

    • ArniePz says:

      Agree! And it started when I was 12.
      Especially since Busy’s seasons are when they are in college. Too much for a 12 year old.

      I’m a fan of Busy and her kids seem funny AF.

  12. Jenn says:

    God, I am definitely Busy’s age, because of course I think she looks exactly like she did on Freaks & Geeks. (I didn’t grow up watching Dawson’s Creek though — I was “too sophisticated,” much like Busy Jr.)