Comedian and actress Andrea Rosen, star of NickMom’s Take Me To Your Mother and mother to two year old Odin, is a mom on a mission. Last season, she traveled around the country to get advice from moms on how to raise a her son, because she doesn't "want to raise a jerk." The show airs Mondays at 10pm (ET/PT) on NickMom.
I recently had the chance to interview Rosen to discuss her show and her challenges as a first time mom.
1. Congratulations on the second season of “Take Me To Your Mother.” For those who didn't catch Season One, can you tell us what it is all about?
Thanks! We are super excited to do another season. It's a great job. I love the crew I work with, I love meeting people I would never normally meet, and the subject matter of "motherhood" is endlessly fascinating. I think, because, it truly is the hardest job.
Okay, so the show is a comedy documentary about how to raise kids. I'm a new mom and I have lots of questions that I pose to all sorts of moms: nudist moms, Hasidic moms, moms who are astronauts, etc. I learn from more experienced moms how they do it. Hopefully it's enlightening and funny and interesting.
2. What was your favorite episode from Season One? Which experience did you learn the most from?
I think the Japanese mom episode might be my favorite. That culture is so specific and so hard to pin down all at the same time. They were so thoughtful about who they were and so thoughtful about how they handled their children. I'm a very spazzy person and I sometimes feed my baby in front of Gabba (not proud of that and plan on stopping this madness in short order) – the Japanese moms would never!
3. What was it like meeting so many different moms from all over the country? Was there a common thread that tied them all together?
It was eye opening. Everyone is more similar than they are different. It was very leveling. Every single mom goes through the exact same thing . It's their individual philosophy that makes their parenting different.
I think the common thread was that everyone felt like you just have to do the best you can do, and if you strive for perfection, you're going to be bummed.
4. What was the best piece of advice you have received so far, and who was it from?
Shimona from the episode about spirituality said that "E" is for enough, and for a mom, "enough" is good enough. The exact quote from the episode was something like : "you don't have to be good, you don't have to be great, you just have to be enough."
Takes some of the pressure off, right?
5. What is the craziest advice you have received since becoming a mother?
I was having a hard time weaning and someone suggested I put mustard on my nipples so my baby would be grossed out. It was nutty advice, but I was tempted. Then, I figured my son was so into breast feeding, if I tried the mustard he would just start loving mustard and my boobs.
6. Do you think being on television helps or hurts when it comes to making mom friends?
So far it has had no effect.
7. If you could talk to any mother throughout history, living or dead, who would that be? What would you ask her?
Pioneer moms – how did they do it without gabba?
Julia Roberts – just cause I've always wanted to meet her. She seems cool.
8. How old is Odin now? What new challenges are you facing?
He recently turned two and he has started to say "no!" Which can be challenging, especially when a diaper needs to be changed and he still wakes up crazy early. Lately it's 5:30 am, and I am not a fan of 5:30 am.
9. How do you balance motherhood and your career?
It's really hard. I have an awesome husband, and we figure it out together as a team.
10. Is motherhood everything you expected it to be?
I had no idea what to expect, and I still don't. Every day is a surprise. I'm always on my toes. Which is great, but exhausting. OMG I am so tired. Always!
11. Explain your parenting philosophy in five words or less?
Its a total journey and I'm always learning. (That's a few more than five words.)
12. What was/is your must have baby product?
A blender. When my baby was still eating mushy food, I'd just blend up whatever we were having for dinner. It was way easier and cheaper than buying baby food.
13. What do you enjoy doing when you have free time?
Sleeping. Looking up dream vacations. Baking and then eating chocolate chip cookies. Watching the Real Housewives TV show.
14. Do you have any new and exciting projects coming up?
I'm on a Showtime show called Episodes. It starts airing this January.
15. Can you give me a sneak peak into Season Two? When does it premiere? What are you most excited about?
I think it premieres in March. We just shot an episode about private eyes who are moms and they were super bad ass.