Allison Janney and Anna Faris star in a new Monday night comedy called “Mom.” This show features a mother-daughter relationship that can be best described as “it’s complicated.” Allison Janney plays Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic. Bonnie’s daughter Christy, played by Anna Faris, is four months sober and has a teenage daughter and young son.
The show’s humor is irreverent and edgy. While you may not be able to relate to certain aspects of the show, the universal theme that everyone can embrace is that parenting is tough, no matter what your situation. If you are a parent of a teenager, you’ll probably recognize some of the struggles between Christy and her teenage daughter played by Sadie Calvano.
Earlier this week, I was invited to the set of Mom, along with a group of other mom bloggers. It was a real treat to watch a few key scenes being filmed. I can’t reveal what I saw (no spoilers from me) but I can say that it was laugh out loud funny!
Afterwards we participated in a Q&A session with the actresses of the show, as well as the series co-creator, Gemma Baker. Gemma is a mom of a 4 year old boy. She revealed that while most of the writers on staff are female, they are not all moms; however, everyone has a mom and can draw from those personal experiences to write the show.
The highlight of the Q&A portion was when everyone shared their best mom advice.
Question: What’s the best advice your mom has given you?
Sadie: When I first started, the first thing my mom told me was make sure to remember as many names as possible and to thank the person standing in the corner because it takes everyone to make it possible. And to remember to thank the person who picks up your napkin and it’s just as important to thank them as it is to thank Chuck or Gemma. I think that’s one of the things that helped me the most.
Allison: My mother is incredibly gracious and kind and considerate and polite and listening to other people. Those qualities she gave me are instilled in me and I think they have served me very well in my career. I like to be an actor’s actor – life is too short and it’s wonderful to work with people who are generous and kind and gracious and those are qualities I admire in people and that’s what she taught me.
Gemma: My mom is an incredible woman. She’s a bishop and actually she’s…
Allison: I’m sorry, what?
Gemma: Yes, a girl with a bishop for a mom. So she has given me a lot of wonderful advice. One of the things that was so profound to me was that someone had said to me about my mother. Which is, “‘in this world there are guests and there are hosts and your mother is a host.” That’s something that I’ve always wanted to be like her in that way – generous and giving of herself.
Anna: This is something really specific. I think about it a lot. She used to be really scared of insects, spiders, bugs, whatever. And she got some advice from an older relative, my great aunt or whatever and she witnessed my mom being scared and she said “don’t pass that fear onto your children.” And so she after that, didn’t. So 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 about being brave.
After the Q&A session, we got to take a photo with the actresses and the co-creator. It was a real treat to hear their experiences as a mother and/or daughter. I think you’ll find that the show is relatable in that we are all trying to be the best mom that we can be.
Coverage brought to you by Surf and Sunshine Contributing Journalist Jennifer M. Thank you to CBS for the behind the scenes look at Mom. All opinions are original.