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Busy Philipps Looks Forward to Bringing Birdie On Set

06/12/2011 at 08:00 PM ET
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It is strictly time spent with the stars — and their kids! — for daughter Birdie Leigh, Busy Philipps jokes.

“Well, you know, celebrities exclusively play with each other. And their children,” the actress playfully told reporters Sunday at the 5th annual Kidstock Music and Arts Festival. “So all of my play dates are celebrity play dates.”

All kidding aside, however, the Cougar Town star is aware of the perks of her career — including being able to bring the 2½-year-old to work on set.

“I have my own dressing room so I have it set up like a playroom in there for her,” she says. “She has special toys there that she doesn’t have at home so she looks forward to coming and playing.”

But in addition to keeping Birdie busy away from the cameras, Philipps, 31, is hoping to also introduce her daughter to life on set as well.

“I hope this is the first year that she’ll actually be able to sit on set and watch me,” she reveals, adding that she has never tried to “hide” anything from her little girl.

“I think that’s really strange, frankly, when parents do that. It’s like why would you want your kid to not know you’re living your dream and you’re doing something that you’ve wanted to do your whole life?”

While Birdie “knows I’m an actress and that I’m on TV,” Philipps allows her daughter to control her own time in the spotlight. “I always give her the choice, ‘Do you want to take pictures or not?’” Philipps explains. “It’s a lot of negotiation.”

That said, although Philipps tries her best to balance all her demanding roles, achieving perfection is a constant struggle.

“There are days where you just feel like you failed as a mom. Even though I have one of the greatest jobs in the world … there’s so much flexibility and she’s able to come with me, but I still struggle with mommy guilt,” she admits.

“And there are days when I feel like I’ve failed as an actress. And days I feel like I’ve failed as a mom and occasionally I have days where I’m like, ‘Alright, I did it.’”

– Anya Leon

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cris on

Did anyone else notice the little girl in the bathing suit dancing in the season finale of Cougar Town and wonder (like I did) if it was Birdie?

Nella on

I love Busy’s attitude! She seems like a great mom and in almost every one of her interviews she uses humor and I personally think it’s great! Life is too short to be serious all the time.

Btw I love the part she said about not hiding what she does for a living from her child because she has a job of her dreams and embraces that. Some celebs tend to be so against that and I always think you tell your kids to pick a career that ultimately makes them happy and to dream big so if you have a job that you love, embrace it!

Oh and Birdie’s face in this picture cracks me up, she’s adorable!

mommytoane on

Nella, I agree with you! So many celebs are like *oh mom/dad is going to work* and do not tell their kids what they do….or WHY they do it. For Busy to tell Birdie she loves her job because its her dream to be an actress…definately gives a good reason why. AND A good inspiration to her daughter….follow your dreams.

Birdie is such a doll! She looks soo much like her momma. :)

Lis on

@cris that was her daughter she tweeted it.

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