If you have been watching my Instagram account last week, you probably saw all of the #BadMoms pictures from LA. I was invited on an amazing opportunity to go out to LA, see a screening of Bad Mom and interview the cast and directors. I have been watching the trailers for Bad Moms for weeks and I cannot say how over the moon excited I was about being invited.
The entire event was more than I could have imagined. Combining a cocktail party before the screening, an appearance from the actors, and a surprise concert from Flo Rida. That was before getting to see the Bad Moms. Let me tell you, this movie is hysterical. You will be laughing from the time it starts until the time it ends. For every mom who has had that F-It moment, you will relate. These moms have had enough and are breaking loose. Everyone I talked to, completely agrees. We have all been there.
The interviews shared great tidbit on the background of the characters, and how to actors felt about their roles. We also learned some info from behind the scenes. Our first set of interviews were with Mila Kunis, who plays Amy, and Kathryn Hahn, who plays Carla. These ladies are so sweet and so funny. They have a great rapport with each other.
Question: So, I feel like you were at my kid’s school with me. Pretty much how it is. For us, because you have young kids, so how did you refer to that?
Ms. Mila Kunis: Thank you. You know, it didn’t take much research. I think we all kind of have someone like that in our lives. I just don’t have that in a school atmosphere. But, I do go to mommy blogs, which is why I asked about where everybody was from. And I think that like, you know, 60 percent of them are great. Forty percent out of it ends up being like those moms.
And so, for me, I kind of had a little bit of experience through the blogs that I found thoroughly entertaining. I never took it to heart. Everything I saw I was like, wow, these women are crazy. It’s fascinating. It’s really fascinating because somebody will ask a really simple question like in your opinion, like, I’m getting a new car seat. What’s the best car seat?
And you see, the genuine answers, and then you see the moms just going at each other. And it’s great. I mean for entertainment purposes, it’s great. But for real life, ladies, let’s just all relax for one second and be nice to one another.
But, on a pure entertainment level, that’s kind of how I learned I guess. You deal with it daily.
Question: Good afternoon. Female roles in outrageous comedies tend to be relegated to a girlfriend or a sidekick. Did you find it empowering to have a script that was so funny and relatable and written specifically from a female perspective?
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Well, I feel like had I not been lucky enough to be in this movie, I would have been so excited to see it. And I would have started an e-mail chain and got all my mommy pals. I just feel like, so often moms and mommies in movies are kind of painted with like a saintly glow around them.
And we know that that’s just not the truth. And we’ve got so much more complexity than anyone could–so, I was so excited to just to see mommyhood examined from like the way that we all know it, or at least would love to experience. I know there’s a ton of wish fulfillment in this particular movie. Like, it would be real. So much of it looks like a ball, like this afternoon. Like, how decadent does this feel?
And we deserve it, damn it. Yes. Yes. I have a six-year-old and a nine-year-old, and you guys are obviously the cool bloggers and the chill bloggers. And I found it really, really helpful especially because my parents don’t live in LA.
So, you know, it’s not the same culture where your mom comes over to help you babysit. At least, I wasn’t lucky enough for that. So, you depend on your pals or other amazing women that are going through it or have gone through it or can like–so, thank God. You can’t do it by yourself. And it takes a village. And I think this movie is such an awesome message of the solidarity. Like, we’re all in it together. We can’t just lessen those expectations.
Blogger: Hi. How much were you allowed to improv? I mean, was it as fun as it looked on screen?
Ms. Mila Kunis: I got whiplash.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: It was three, three nights pouring rain outside.
Ms. Mila Kunis: I really did.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: We were all in a house. There was nowhere really for the amazing, amazing background artists. They were so incredible in that scene, such awesome mamas and people. So, we ended up even between takes having to be in that living room house together, right?
Ms. Mila Kunis: It was a torrential rainstorm in New Orleans.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Yes.
Ms. Mila Kunis: And so, everything was flooded outside. So, you could not go outside. And so, because half the house was used by actual humans that lived there, we were only allowed to be–.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: –Oh, right, they only rented out the downstairs.
Ms. Mila Kunis: Yep. So, we were only allowed to be in the living room/kitchen.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Someone’s trying to sleep upstairs during it, which I thought was insane.
Ms. Mila Kunis: That was the weirdest thing ever.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Weird.
Ms. Mila Kunis: And so, during this torrential rainstorm, it was 200 plus of us in that tiny living room for three days. We all became really close, and I’m not kidding you when I tell you I was like, God, my neck hurts. Like, three days in, I was like, oh, my neck is just so stiff. I realize I gave myself whiplash. I’m not as young as I used to be. Yes.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: It was a real ball. I remember I was sick that weekend. But everybody else had got a fever.
Ms. Mila Kunis: Everybody else had got the plaque. We got the plague.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Yes, we all got really sick from me. But, I mean forget it. It was hilarious because we were like toddlers. It was all of like a bunch of amazing women like just sugar high because like everyone’s witching hour, we all would grab, you know, sugar and then just dance some more.
Ms. Mila Kunis: And all that wine was juice. So, we just drank a lot of juice for three days.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Yes, a lot of very sweet grape juice.
Ms. Mila Kunis: And then danced around. It was so fun.
Question: This question is for both of you. Had there ever been a moment where you just want to, like in the movie, you virtually went on strike as a mom. Had that moment ever happened? And could you share that moment with us?
Ms. Mila Kunis: I can say really quickly I’ve only been a mom for 21 months. She’s still really lovely. I still have a child who’s really nice and doesn’t kick and scream. I’m very lucky. So, not yet, but, boy, will it happen.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: I have a son and a daughter. My six-year-old has, as my mom would say, met my match. It’s so true. She is such a spicy meatball. She just gives it right back to me. That’s the difference between the girls and the boys too, is the like emotional minefield that is trying to navigate a girl. It’s like you’re a step ahead of me. What are we fighting about?
I’m like what’s going to happen when she’s in high school? So, yes, there have been moments where I am like I need to go. I need to get out of here. Absolutely, I don’t trust what’s going to come out of my mouth. Do you know what I mean? Like, if I’m going to say something that we all regret, so, yes, oh, my God, absolutely.
Time outs don’t work with her, though, because she’s just going to come right back, or she’s like, fine, I wanted to be by myself, or whatever. And she’ll make it her decision. I’m like, oh, my God.
Ms. Mila Kunis: She doesn’t find me funny. She hates my humor.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Yes, she’s a real tough cookie. I try to make a joke, and she’s like terrible. It’s like, God. Ugh, Mom, terrible. And then she’ll look at me and be like are you really wearing that? I’m like, May, brush your hair, and she’s like you brush your hair. Like, okay, anyway.
Question: Mom guilt, do you guys subscribe to it or park it? Like, do you find that you are constantly–?
Ms. Mila Kunis: –A hundred percent subscribe to it, not intentionally. It’s like that like subscription that you want to go away, but it’s just constantly there. I wish I can like, yes, at–all day, like at this very moment being here, I’m like why am I here? Like, I can be with my daughter. Like, it’s every day, all day long.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Yes. I don’t know. Now that they’re a little bit older, it’s like I don’t know. I’m lucky. I feel so blessed that I have a job that I really, really dig, and that when I’m not with them, it’s somewhere where I’m like excited and inspired, and hopefully they’ll be able to see their mommy, you know, that she’s doing something she loves and–but, yes, of course. Of course. It sucks.
Ms. Mila Kunis: It sucks to not be putting your child down every night. It’s something that I think our hours are just so erratic that like 17-hour days when I was 20 was like a piece of cake. Seventeen-hour work days now where I’m not there when she wakes up in the morning, and I’m not there to put her down at night, and I see her for my 20 minute lunch break is very empty.
And so, yes, it’s constant.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: Yes, you just feel like you’re missing a limb. You know what I mean? But, yes, everybody has to do it. It is what it is. I also feel like when I had an awesome therapist once what if we just get really into guys? But, I just remember somebody saying, well, you know what? If it’s what it is and okay for you, then that’s all they know.
So, it’s like my kids grew up in a circus family. So, that’s just what it is. If we put any weirdness or oh-ness on it, then they’re going to be like, it is what it is.
Ms. Mila Kunis: It’s the norm. Like, they don’t know.
Question: You did such a great job representing all the different types of mothers, stay-at-home moms, working moms, crazy moms. So, who was your favorite character?
Ms. Mila Kunis: Mine was Kathryn’s. I love Carla. I loved every ounce of Carla that existed, all the fringe, the feathers, the leather, the corsets, the bustiers. I loved it. You know why? Because it wasn’t me. It was awesome.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: I think that’s what so awesome about this movie as well, is that there’s something in each one of these six women that I think that we can either recognize, or it’s like you could dream about being. There’s definitely something about Carla.
She was very liberated. I mean there’s obviously like a healthy medium, but it was very fun to take that big of a swing. It was really, really, really delicious.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: She had plenty of time for hair and makeup.
Ms. Mila Kunis: Every morning, Kathryn would come in and naturally just stunning and beautiful and like, she’s like an organic goddess. Then she would sit in the hair and makeup chair there next to me, and I was in two hours later. Here comes like this animal.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: It was like the big ones. I felt like I was an avatar.
Ms. Mila Kunis: Because it was so much eye makeup too. I mean it was so much makeup on your face. I was like oh, my God.
Ms. Kathryn Hahn: I needed a sandblaster every night to get it off of my skin.
Ms. Mila Kunis: Yes, it was great.
I had an amazing time listening to the actors talk about their own experiences as a mom, their thoughts on their roles and just hearing behind the scenes. If you have ever just thought, “yeah , I am done with all of this, or just want to see a movie that will make you laugh so much, you might just pee your pants, go see Bad Moms on July 29th. ”
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