Leslie Mann Talks Kids, Parenting & More

Rio_Leslie.jpgThe Rio Star Chats with HaveUHeard’s Shari Von Holten at the blue carpet premiere for the new animated film!
One of the highlights of attending the premiere of Rio in California was interviewing Leslie Mann, who plays the voice of Linda in the movie. Leslie is an actress, wife and mother of two girls, Iris and Maude. Speaking to Leslie was like chatting with a good friend; sharing war stories of how to manage work and children, talking post-partum depression, how to navigate those often difficult teen years and of course – beauty tips.
When the subject of Leslie’s daughter came up, I couldn’t help but laugh. The story of her tween daughter freaking out in the middle of a restaurant or wherever they happen to be – the screaming and crying and then the next minute she is so sweet, was all too familiar. Leslie admits to the challenges of parenting and talked about the depression she felt after having her first daughter. While she was never formally diagnosed with post-partum depression – her symptoms were spot on. She has since overcome the depression and moved forward.
Since the interview was a roundtable with 10 women, the conversation naturally turned to beauty. Leslie shared her love of exercise and a clay mask she cannot live without (the mask can be found at Whole Foods and is Aztec Clay). If there is a chance my skin could look like Leslie’s skin – I’ll be testing the mask out (asap).
Below are some great comments from Leslie from our roundtable chat. Take a look…
Rio_LeslieFamily.jpgQuestion: Do you find it hard as a working mom balancing your family & your career?
Leslie Mann: Yes, it is hard. It was really hard in the beginning when I first became pregnant it was just such a shocker. I was depressed for about five years, And I don’t know if I really had postpartum depression because back then no one would talk about it. I went to therapists tried to prescribe me medication, but it didn’t work.
I’s say it went on until I was three months pregnant with my second daughter, I was feeling pretty bad. And then, it just lifted. And I remember thinking, is this going happen again with my second one? But it didn’t and it hasn’t yet.
Question: Tell us one of your favorite things about being a mom?
Leslie Mann: My eight year old loves to cuddle with me. She’s always holding my hand. All day, she’ll catch up to me and hold my hand. She also just loves to lay on me in bed, she’s just really sweet and cuddly and I love that.
Question: Have you had to deal with any teen struggles yet? Arguing over makeup, clothing choices, etc?
Leslie Mann: My 13 year old is embarrassed of some of the clothes that I wear. She is super conservative…And she loves ’50s music, I don’t know where it came from, but I’m glad.
Question: Do you have a “Golden Rule” that you follow as far as parenting goes?
Leslie Mann: I listen to them, and I am kind most of the time.
Question: Besides acting, what are you really good at, and what are you really poor at?
Leslie Mann: I’m an okay cook. I’ve been cooking more lately. Some days are better than others. And I’d say I am athletic. I can do back flips on the trampoline and ski. But skiing is not my favorite activity. We actually went skiing this winter. It’s hard with the kids, all the equipment and the cold.
Question: What was your worst parenting moment?
Leslie Mann: Letting my 13 year old daughter watch four seasons of “South Park” while we were in Hawaii. That’s pretty bad. And we watched it together and the show is not the best content for her age.
Question: Do you get excited when you get to work on movies like Rio? Since you know you’ll be able to take your girls to see?
Leslie Mann: Oh yes, definitely, it is, because they can’t see the other films I’ve been in!
The last word…
Having seen many of the films that Leslie Mann has starred in (personal favorite is “17 Again” and my kids have seen it at least a dozen times…bad parent alert), I have to say, I can’t wait to take them to see Rio! I absolutely love Leslie Mann’s distinctive voice and paired with the incredibly talented Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, and Will.i.am, the film promises to be a fabulous movie-going experience for the entire family! The film soars into theaters nationwide this Friday, April 15 — Beth, RoleMommy