‘Modern Family‘ star Julie Bowen is so refreshing when she talks about being a mother. She talked about being a mom, going to the White House Correspondents dinner, and rubbing elbows with Michelle Obama and her daughters to Capital File magazine.
Julie muses upon motherhood and spending time with her children: “Everyone else [on the show] goes off and does fancy films,” she says, fielding a request for milk that squeaks through the phone. “I stay home and tie beach balls to the oak tree in the front yard so the kids have something to hit instead of me. The boys are finally at an age where I find them so luscious and fantastic that I don’t want to be away if I don’t have to be,” she says. “It’s such a gift to not to feel the pressure to go hunting down a job right now. I’m just lucky as h*ll.”
Julie discusses the similarities between herself and the character she plays on Modern Family: And while the actress and her character share some attributes—the loud voice, the nonstop energy, the funny quips—Bowen says the similarities end there. “The reality is, Claire is a mom who has older kids. And she was written by people with older kids,” says Bowen, who was pregnant with her twins during the pilot. A lot of what Claire deals with on a day-to-day basis doesn’t resonate with Bowen—yet. “I might grow into a Claire, but I’m definitely not dealing with the issues of sex and boys at school,” she says.
Julie reminisces upon attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this past April: “That was really wild because you didn’t know what to expect,” she says. “To have people of importance coming up and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we love your show,’ I thought, You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Julie talks about being invited to the White House to meet Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia: Over tea Bowen asked the girls about their summer plans (campaigning) and whether or not they raided the White House fridge during sleepovers (nope; it’s filled with “boring” healthy food). “You don’t ever think that those kind of things are going to happen in your life—ever, ever, ever,” Bowen says, her voice revealing more than a tinge of awe. “And certainly not as a result of being a big hambone growing up.”
Julie’s enjoying the perks of starring on a hit comedy show! You can read her entire interview in the upcoming issue of Capital File, which hits newsstands next week.
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