Leslie Mann: Family is 'Way More Fun' Than Work

07/31/2009 at 06:00 PM ET
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Like all working moms, Leslie Mann is trying to strike “a nice balance” between career and family — but the latter will always win out. “They’re way more fun than work,” she tells the OC Register of husband Judd Apatow and daughters Maude, 11, and Iris, 6. “It is fun to act, but it doesn’t add up to much.” In fact, the 37-year-old actress scores her pre-mom life as a “2” — a “dark” and difficult time where she thought only of her career. “That’s what you do when you’re young and single,” she notes before adding,

“I feel like I just started coming into my own when I had kids. They have enhanced my life in every way possible. I would not change anything…When I’m on my death bed, I’m not going to go: ‘I wish I had done [more acting] instead of spending more time with my kids.'”

Sometimes, however, Leslie is lucky enough to combine both. The girls have made appearances in two of their dad’s films — Knocked Up and the new release Funny People — but Leslie is quick to clarify that it was never her idea! “That was Judd tricking me into using them,” she explains. “That’s not something I wanted to do.” Fortunately Maude and Iris are no worse for the wear! “They don’t have any clue as to what’s happening so they’re very natural,” Leslie says. “They were usually in eating scenes so we put food in front of them and rolled three cameras.”

“Their friends can’t see the movie, and they can’t see the movie, so it’s totally off their radar. It’s like hanging out with mom and dad.”

That Judd has been their only director is also a distinction worth making, Leslie feels. “If it had been with another director, it might have been awkward, but then I wouldn’t have done it,” she points out. “Besides, Maude’s probably done with it now. I don’t want her to be a child actor.”

Funny People is in theaters now.

Source: OC Register

— Missy

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Bree on

her daughters are beautiful and I love their names!

Micheley on

I love the name Maude!

Cate on

Such beautiful ladies! The eldest looks just like her Daddy!

brannon on

I say this everytime they are on here but I love their names!

Andrea_momof2 on

I’ve never noticed it before but she really does Cate! I remember watching his interview on (was it?) Letterman? Either way, she does look a lot like him.

Ashley on

I love the name Iris!

Sarah on

Yeah, I saw Funny People last night and the kids were adorable in the movie but they weren’t really acting like Leslie said. Most of their scenes (and they’re not even in it till like an hour or so into the movie) was them eating or playing with Leslie, Seth and once or twice Adam (in the movie his character’s not really a kid guy). And Leslie’s their mom, and Seth Rogen has been friends with their dad since the oldest was a baby (and they were in Knocked Up with him) so it probably was just like a normal day for them.