Last week, I was living it up in LA, partying like a Bad Mom. It was one of the most fun events that I have been to. If you missed the interview posts with Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn, you missed the fact that I got to hang out at a cocktail party, see Flo Rida, and watch Bad Moms. Then the next day was a spa day and interviewing the cast. Let me tell you, this movie is going to be a chart topper because it is hysterical. You need to start planning your girls night out to see it. You won’t stop laughing.
After the Mila Kunis and Katheryn Hahn interview, we had a chance to talk with Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo, who plays Gwendolyn and Vicki in Bad Moms. These are the moms who are part of the perfect crew. Gwendolyn is the PTA queen and Vicki is her clueless side kick who does everything she is told and agrees with it all.
Question –Want a store-bought donut hole–?
Ms. Christina Applegate: Oh, thank you. I might. No MSG. No BHA. No soy. No sesame, and when I did that scene, they’re like can you add like five or six more? I was like I can barely get through the list of like 10 in my mind, and I had to make up like other weird things. Anyway, that was my–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –You did, though. She–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –I did, but I don’t even–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –You did. She went on and on and on and on. You were–it was good. She whipped it out. You pulled it out.
Ms. Christina Applegate: I was like no KCN8.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: No what?
Ms. Christina Applegate: I said weird things. You couldn’t–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –Was red dye–did red dye make–I can’t remember.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Red dye, yes.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Red dye made it?
Ms. Christina Applegate: Well, yes, you shouldn’t have red dye, and you should not feed it to your children. That’s–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –Yes, you should not have that. That’s terrible.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It’s just a carcinogen.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: My kids never have that.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Here. Here’s a popsicle with cancer in it, honey.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Have fun with that.
Blogger: 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?
Ms. Christina Applegate: 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.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes.
Ms. Christina Applegate: They be ugh.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Hmm. Hmm.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Sorry for the language, but they be f****d.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: What? I mean we all got the flu.
Ms. Christina Applegate: That’s your favorite part?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Well–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –She was on death’s door–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –I almost died.
Ms. Christina Applegate: You were dead a little bit, yes.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: 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.
Ms. Christina Applegate: You were like, you could text me. Like, I don’t even need the tea. You’re like I’m just going to have the whisker.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I didn’t drink the tea. It was the whiskey. I thought if I’m going to die tonight, I’m going to go down good. I’m going down good. Yes. Yes. Drunk.
Blogger: Bravo, bravo. Good job. I had a question for you guys. As far as your characters, did you guys get any inspiration from any like real-life situations?
Ms. Christina Applegate: 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.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yours is so much quieter than how mine goes down.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Well, you know, I am being kind and–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –Brush!
Ms. Christina Applegate: Thank you. Brush your teeth.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Why have you not? Like, ours gets real–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –Yes–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –Ugh, animal, animal.
Ms. Christina Applegate: But, 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?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: 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.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: You’re cute, though.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Who has a blowout seriously at drop off?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: In their tennis outfit.
Ms. Christina Applegate: I’m like–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –I’m just saying–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –You have a blowout. Did you go to dry bar like at 5:00 this morning to make your f******g hair look that nice? Like, if you asked me if I have lice, I wouldn’t know because my hair’s so damn dirty. Do you know what I mean?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Which is good for your hair, by the way–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –It is–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –To not wash it.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It is really good. That’s what we tell ourselves.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Good for your hair.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Comb your own oils through.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: It’s better. It’s better.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Sometimes it gets so oily, I’m like I just got out of the shower, you guys.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It’s not wet. Literally dirt.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I do a lot of hats, though, to–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –You do?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: I just put a hat over it.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes. I have a couple of fedoras that I wear for big parties.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes, like how much of my head can it cover? Okay, we’re losing–are we off track?
Ms. Christina Applegate: We’ve gone–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –We’ve gone off track–.
Ms. Christina Applegate: –We’ve gone off the rails.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Oh.
Ms. Christina Applegate: It’s the Annie and Christina Show.
Blogger: But, we love to do videos about like the real side of it and the things that we actually find the shittiest part about motherhood. What’s your least favorite mom job? For us, it’s like making lunches and wiping butts. But, what about you guys?
Ms. Christina Applegate: 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.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: 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?
Blogger: As a mom, which scene in the movie did you most relate to?
Ms. Christina Applegate: Hmm. I don’t know. Like, there’s so much.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: 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.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes, that’s a hard one. I’m trying to think because it’s all kind of out there.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: What about–oh, I’m going to pitch you one.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Pitch me.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Here you go. 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.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes, I get it.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Is that one?
Ms. Christina Applegate: 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.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes.
Ms. Christina Applegate: But, it’s not like my kid hates me. They don’t know what they’re saying.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Nobody thinks that.
Ms. Christina Applegate: She actually like really like almost obsessively loves me. So, I think–.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: –Whoa, that’s not mine.
Ms. Christina Applegate: She’s like you’re so beautiful, Mama. Hmm
Ms. Annie Mumolo: 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.
Ms. Christina Applegate: 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.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes, right.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Where it lives, where there’s like a family of birds that have made their nest, like f*****g Snow White. Do you know what I’m saying?
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Sometimes my hair gets sore. I get a headache when I wear my hair down.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Oh, headaches.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Because it’s not used to being down. It’s used to being up in a tight little. Just wrapped up there.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Yes, because it’s just not used to me–yes, anyway.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Yes. There we went again. There we went.
Ms. Christina Applegate: The Annie and Christina Show. What do you mean joking about being [unintelligible] hair? Out of context, none of this is going to be funny.
Blogger: So, I just want to thank you guys for making such a relatable movie because beyond it being really hysterically funny, totally relatable. I was the PTA president, ashamed to admit it.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Oh, wow.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Oh.
Blogger: I wasn’t as severe as Gwendolyn, but I was pretty obsessed [as PTA president]. And now looking back, I have older kids, and I’m like, God, I was ridiculous. So, I wish I had seen this movie 10 years ago. So, what is it you want moms of every age child to take away from this fun movie?
Ms. Christina Applegate: 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.
Ms. Annie Mumolo: Also, 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.
But, I had to transition. But, 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.
Ms. Christina Applegate: Hard lesson to learn. It was.
It was interesting listening to Christina and Annie talk off each other. They are comfortable with each other and you can tell that it was a fun cast. The ladies are saying what we all are saying. Being a mom is hard. Just give yourself a break.
So take a break, go see Bad Moms in theaters July 29th. It is a great night, afternoon, weekend out. Laughing for all that time is great medicine for relieving stress.
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