In her bestselling book Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism, actress Jenny McCarthy chronicles the highs and lows of motherhood following the diagnosis of her 5 ½-year-old son Evan Joseph with autism in 2005. Although parenting Evan has given her loads of inspiration to draw from for her new role on In The MotherHood, a Web series, Jenny says that she keeps the real-life mom and the on-screen mom separate.
I’ve written so many books about Evan — about the funny things and not so funny things that have taken place — so I bring the depth of it in the character that I play, but I don’t have any of my own situations that I play out in the webisodes.
Evan is "awesome" and is "doing really great," Jenny says, adding that she’s "really proud" of her son. On In The MotherHood, Jenny and co-stars Leah Remini and Chelsea Handler act out the stories of real-life moms and — like so many of us — Jenny says that if there is a secret to balancing it all, she hasn’t found it yet.
There isn’t a balance. You have to make the best of it because it’s always lopsided. I drag [Evan] around with me. That’s how I make the best of it.
Evan is the only child for Jenny and her ex-husband John Asher.