BAD MOMS ~ Christina Applegate & Annie Mumolo ~ It’s Okay to Fail #BadMoms

by Heather


Earlier today, I shared with you our sit down with the stars of Bad Moms, this summer’s highly anticipated film, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn for a little girl talk! We learned more about the movie, their lives, and THEM. I absolutely loved the time that we were able to spend with them. It felt like sitting down with friends that I hadn’t seen in years and catching up. It’s pretty cool when you come to terms with the idea that you talk, act, and live just like celebrities … well, to a point. We have similar mannerisms, they talk about their tribe, and they too have oops moments.

While at the beautiful SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, we also had the pleasure of sitting down with the amazingly talented and equally hilarious Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo. They shared with us some of their thoughts on the film and parenting … now, we share them with you!

Grab a drink (a mimosa if possible), sit back, and ENJOY.

Annie and Christina

Question:  Mila [Kunis] was mentioning the great chemistry that the cast all had.  Watching it, you can tell that it must have been a blast to make.  What are your favorite memories from the filming?

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.


Question: As far as your characters, did you guys get any inspiration from any real-life situations?

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 can’t believe that they made those cupcakes and they had the time to make them with figurines and like sparklers coming out of them.  How do they do that?  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.

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 a Kiki [Kristen Bell].  We’re all them, you know?

Annie Mumolo:  The Gwendolyn is the one that looks you up and down, though.  You get the, hi, yes.  Yes.  Oh my God.  I don’t know how I did this.

Christina Applegate:  Yes.

Annie Mumolo:  You’re cute, though.

Christina Applegate:  Who has a blowout seriously at drop off?

Annie Mumolo:  In their tennis outfit.

Christina Applegate:  –You don’t have a blowout.  Did you go to Drybar at 5:00 this morning to make your fucking 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?

Annie Mumolo:  Which is good for your hair, by the way–.

Christina Applegate:  –It is–.

Annie Mumolo:  –To not wash it.


Question: What’s your least favorite mom job?

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 waking me up 15 minutes before my alarm has gone off, 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, I’m good.

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 breathe.  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 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?


Question:  As a mom, which scene in the movie did you most relate to?

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, you know?


Question: What is it you want moms of every age child to take away from this fun movie?

 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.  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?  I think that it’s beautiful at the end.  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.

Annie Mumolo:  Also, I took away from it to make sure to take time for yourself.  I never did that, and it really took a toll on me.  I always felt guilty in the beginning.  Now I’m really good at being a bad mom.

But, I had to transition.  In the beginning I didn’t feel okay going anywhere or letting someone else.  I always felt guilty just leaving or not doing everything that I “should” 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, you could end up in trouble, and then you can’t be the mother you hoped to be anyway.

I think that’s really important, at least it was for me too.

Christina Applegate:  Hard lesson to learn.  It was.


Photo Credit: STX Entertainment

Confession time!

ANNIE MUMOLO: I wasn’t well versed in Annie Mumolo or her career before seeing Bad Moms. I giggled at her character during the film and couldn’t help but shake my head on numerous occasions but I enjoyed her. What I realized during our sit down is that we could easily be good friends in real life. She’s hilarious, Christina and her played off each other with ease (like I do with my sister), and she totally gets me!

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE: Holy wow, I have always been extremely intimidated by Christina. I don’t know why but when I watch her in movies or see her in interviews or read about things going on in her life there is one word that constantly crosses my mind … WHOA!  She’s been in the industry forever (and still looks absolutely stunning), she’s experienced obstacles in life that I can’t and hope to never understand, and she has this look about her. INTIMIDATING! It was great to listen to her talk about failing and that it is okay to fail in front of your children. She’s right, it’s all about how you pick yourself back up and move forward.

Annie and Christina were fantastic. It felt like they were getting up to go as soon as they sat down but the time with them was fun. I can’t wait to see what projects they both take on next!





There’s still fun to come … keep an eye on the blog for more Interviews, the Bad Moms Social, and MORE! For up to the minute details, be sure to follow #BadMoms on social media. ;)


See the BAD MOMS Trailer:

TICKET INFORMATION: Bad Moms celebrates “Bad Mother’s Day” on July 29 – the Mother’s Day you really want and deserve! Get tickets now:

BAD MOMS – In Theaters July 29

In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap.

Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate

Studio: STX Entertainment

Genre: Comedy

Writers/Directors: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore

Producers: Suzanne Todd, Bill Block






Disclosure: I was sent to LA to attend the Bad Moms Junket Event all expenses paid in order to cover their event (Thank you STX Entertainment). All opinions are 100% my own.

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