Busy Phillips Isn't a Gwyneth Paltrow Kind of Parent & Here's Why
After Gwyneth Paltrow made comments insinuating that it is harder to be a mother and an actress than a mother who works a nine-to-five job, the world was quick to point out how ridiculous it sounded for someone in Paltrow's position to make such a comparison. Now, a couple of Paltrow's fellow actresses have spoken out and disagree based on their own lives. In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Busy Phillips talked about Gwyneth Paltrow's statement and explained that her reality is much different.
Phillips doesn't start out talking about Paltrow specifically, but the comparison comes to mind immediately if you've read about Paltrow's view. Phillips told the reporter,
In terms of being a working mom, I've got it made. I'm on a TV show where my hiatus is [my kids'] summer, so I'm free to be with them in the summer time. I'm able to afford full-time help because of what I do. My husband also works. And my nanny makes my life doable and so easy.
She went on to explain that when she says she can't complain, it isn't just so she comes of a certain way. "It's not like something where I have to stop myself from saying, 'Ugh. It's so hard.' It's not."
The reporter then asks Phillips what she thinks about someone like Paltrow to which she responded, "Well, god bless her, she really just says what she feels... That's her reality. That's her truth. It's just not mine. I have a different reality and a different truth."
Clearly, Phillips isn't taking a direct jab at Paltrow here, but her opinions do show that she has a more down-to-earth perspective on what it's like to be a working actress and a mother as compared to a working mother with, say, a full-time job that doesn't allow her to afford help when it would be beneficial.
Phillips statements echo Angelina Jolie's from a recent interview with the New York Daily News. Jolie said, "I'm not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food."
While it's totally acceptable that Paltrow's "truth," to use Phillip's word, is different from Jolie's and Phillip's, what is different with Phillips and Jolie is that they seem to see the bigger world picture here. And that's usually a good thing to do when you have a job that requires you reach millions of people from all different walks of life.