Sarah Chalke Talks #MothersDayMovie, Baby No. 2 & the Joys of Being a Mom

Sarah Chalke in the Mother's Day movie

Whether you were a huge fan of Roseanne or Scrubs, there's a pretty good chance you've fallen in love with Sarah Chalke at some point. Now the actress and mom is starring in the feel-good movie Mother's Day alongside Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Hudson. But that's not her only big news!


Sarah and fiancé Jamie Afifi are proud parents to Charlie Rhodes, 6, and will soon welcome a baby girl to their family. We chatted with Sarah about the movie, kids on set, and life as a mom (including dodging those inevitable Lego traps!).

Since you made a movie called Mother's Day, what are your plans for the holiday?
Well this year, I get the best gift you can possibly get, which is a baby.

Aww, that is the best gift! Do you have any more memorable gifts to date?
It was Mother's Day that I found out I was pregnant with my son, Charlie.

What made you want to be a part of the movie Mother's Day?
I was super excited to be a part of one of Garry Marshall's movies. He's fantastic, and I've known Garry and his son Scott for a couple of decades now. In terms of specifics, Mother's Day is kinda my favorite holiday of the year. I loved all of the affecting story lines [in this movie], and the different relationships that were portrayed between the mothers and their kids. The script made me laugh, and made me cry.

Fun fact about Mother's Day: We got to build a womb float for the Mother's Day parade. So it's a giant float in the shape of a womb. [It] was pretty awesome.

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What's the movie's greatest takeaway about mothers?
I think it's about being accepted by your mom. At the end of the day, acceptance is so important, and it's so healing.

Tell us about your character, Gabi.
Gabi and her sister Jesse (Kate Hudson) have been estranged from their mom. They really don't talk to her as much anymore and they don't see her; they both feel their mom doesn't accept them. Gabi is married to [a woman named] Max (Cameron Esposito), and they have a son named Charlie, who her mom has no idea about. At the end of the day, I think they all realize that no matter what happens, she's always going to be their mom, and Mom realizes that's her kids -- and she loves them.

Sarah Chalke with Cameron Esposito in Mother's Day

Seeing as so many of your cast members are parents, how was life on the set? Were there any funny moments?
Ayden Bivek, who plays Tanner, Kate Hudon's son, was soo cute. He was just learning to talk and would sometimes repeat Kate's lines -- 'cause he was just practicing and repeating. 

My little guy [Charlie] didn't come to the set. He just came to Legoland! [laughs] Actually, that's not completely true ... I did have one kid come to the set with me, because I was very, very newly pregnant.

Ahh, that is true! Technically, your daughter was in Mother's Day.
She was, she totally was. I remember hundreds of wardrobe fittings. There was one shirt that was really tight, and I thought, This may work today, but it might not in two weeks. And by the end of the movie, all the wardrobe people were like yanking on the front of my shirt.

I was also a little sick in one scene we did with the RV. It was literally going back and forth rocking! I thought, Oh no, here I am like two months pregnant. Please don't let me get sick all over these people!

Speaking of your second pregnancy, have you seen or noticed any major changes between carrying your son and your daughter?
You know, I had my son six years ago -- so I'm definitely more tired this time [laughs]. Yeah, definitely more tired.

I know this is cliché, but, since we are talking about mothers, how has motherhood changed your life?
In every way possible. You live in the present, because kids live in the present -- that's just where they are. I think it's so easy in life to forget that. I also think motherhood makes you more patient and more vulnerable, because there's nothing you won't do for your kids. The love you have for your kids is nothing I've ever experienced.

Kate Hudson and Sarah Chalke in

How did motherhood help prepare you for your role?
Being a mom, I think the love [you have] for your child exceeds any other obligation and anything else; it superceeds that. You do whatever you have to do to protect your kid, and I think, in this case, it was [Gabi] protecting Charlie from the judgment she felt like her mom might make.

Has being a mom influenced the roles you now take?
Motherhood definitely makes you want to take on roles that you really love, because you're going to take time away from your kids -- it has to be worth it. It's fun to do movies they can watch. I've definitely been attracted to roles where you get to be a good role model for children.

What's been the best parenting advice you received?
Ooh -- the best parenting advice. Don't sweat the small stuff, because there's going to be a lot of it.

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As a soon-to-be mom of two, if you could go back in time and give yourself mommy advice, what would you say?
To enjoy every moment because they go so quickly. I was watching iPhone videos the other day of when my kid was a 1-year-old, and I'm still so blown away by how ... it feels, like it goes so fast. You just want to be able to stop time.

Kate Hudson and Sarah Chalke in

Let's have a little fun here with some rapid-fire questions. Try not to think too much about them -- they're meant to be fun.
[Laughs] Okay!

Name something that you do as a mom that you swear you wouldn't do.
I cookie bribe.

What cookies do you use? We need specifics ... in case we need to do the same.
He'll have those Pamela's cookies, those chocolate chip ones. They're so good.

Yeah, there's nothing wrong with that.
[Laughs] You have to. You don't think you're going to and then you totally do. So terrible.

Since Taylor Swift has a squad, name three other celebrities you'd love to have in your "mom squad."
Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and ... oh, Melissa McCarthy.

(Those are good choices, Sarah.)

Sarah Chalke in the Mother's Day movie

Finish this sentence: My classic "mom outfit" includes ...
Sneakers. No heels.

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Favorite thing to do during "me time" and "mommy time" with your son.
Favorite thing to do during "me time" is hike, and favorite thing to do during "mommy time"  is reading -- I love bedtime stories.

Do you have a favorite book you and Charlie like to read?
His favorite book right now is called The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak. It's great. And we just read Charlotte's Web -- oh, and ANYTHING Star Wars is a plus.

What is the go-to snack for your child that you always have in stock?
We're also in a big yogurt phase. Wait, I have a better snack ... One thing that's really specific to Charlie is, um, dirty apples. We call them "dirty apples," but it's cut-up apples, lemon, and cinnamon.

If you're at home, quickly scan the room that you're in. Name the first three child or "mom" things that you see.
[Laughs] Right in front of me is a bottle of [Original Sprout] Miracle Detangler! What else do I see? See, now I'm trying to find something interesting.

It can be ordinary!
A Lego.

Okay, Legos are good. They hurt, but they're good.
Legos are definitely taking over our house -- so you can't miss them. They're in every room of the house! ... [Also], I just found a really, really cute picture that Charlie drew.


Mother's Day opens nationwide April 29.

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