Melissa McCarthy: I’m Plagued by Working-Mom Guilt
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock are not just costars, but friends who bonded over the anxieties of being moms with jobs outside the home.
“I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with: Did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction?” Bullock, mother of 3-year-old son Louis, tells Sunday’s Parade magazine. “But I also know that my entire life revolves around Louis.”
Adds McCarthy, who is mom to daughters Vivian, 6, and Georgette, 3: “It plagues me. I feel intensely guilty for working … You have to be able to provide for your kids. But I feel like it’s a weird modern phenomenon that you always feel guilty for it.”
Needless to say the two stars of the upcoming buddy comedy The Heat had plenty to talk about on set .
“Having kids connected us on a deeper level,” says Bullock. “And the things we’re obsessed with outside of being a mom are the same, too: construction and house renovation … We’re kindred spirits in that world. If we had a beer den, with Barcaloungers — but our version of that — it’d be great.”
“There’d be fabric swatches everywhere,” adds McCarthy. “And reclaimed wood.”
— Mike Fleeman