Anna Faris has finally made the leap to network television and personally, I couldn’t be more excited. Best known for her ditzy blonde feature film roles, Faris has stepped out of her comedic comfort zone as the star of the new CBS comedy “MOM” airing Monday nights on CBS. Faris plays Christy, a recovering 30 something alcoholic with a promiscuous 16 year old daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano) and a nine year old son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal). Faris is joined by Emmy winner Allison Janney as Bonnie, Christy’s overconfident cougar mom who shares an unexpected reunion with her daughter at an AA meeting. As Bonnie and Christy work to resolve their differences and repair their troubled relationship, hilarity ensues.
I recently got the chance to visit the set of MOM and interview Anna Faris, about the show and her real-life experiences as a new mother. Take a look…
Have you done something as a mother that you said you would never do?
Anna: Bottle in the crib. I was never a baby person. As a kid growing up, I was never drawn to babies so this has been a learning experience. I knew there was going to be lot of guilt involved but I didn’t know how much guilt. And I think there’s going to be a lifetime of guilt. But, I’m loving it.
Even though you’re a new mom, does it freak you out to be the parent of teenage daughter and son and what the future could hold in store?
Anna: It totally freaks me out. I can’t imagine being responsible for a 16 year old and a 9 year old. It is terrifying. I love though that my character was a child when she had Violet and Bonnie was a child when she had me. At least in my character’s case, I think that she was forced to grow up really quickly but she’s also immature in a lot of ways and has been a little bit stunted by her experiences.
What’s the best advice your mom has given you?
This is something really specific. I think about it a lot. She used to be really scared of insects, spiders, bugs, whatever. She got some advice from an older relative who witnessed my mom being scared and said “don’t pass that fear onto your children.” And so after that, she didn’t. Now my brother and I have a fondness for all bugs which kind of freaks people out, but I love that idea that she didn’t pass her fear on to us and I love that it’s sort of about being brave.
One of the buzzed about comedies of the season, “MOM” is produced by Chuck Lorre, who brought viewers the edgy and hilarious CBS comedies “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly.” The series airs Monday nights, 9:30 p/8:30 c on CBS.