A number of website editors and bloggers, including Mommy Tracked, were invited to meet Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the set of the fantastic working mom show The New Adventures of Old Christine. If you aren't already a fan of the show, tune in.
The New Adventures of Old Christine is one of the few shows on television today that takes the issue of single, working motherhood head on. Given that comedienne extraordinaire Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the title role, it is hardly surprising that the show is hilarious.
We watched a taping and got to ask Julia and the show's creator, Kari Lizer, a few questions. They were candid and gracious. Check out the picture of Julia holding a bucket of Mommy Tracked products.
Are the meanie mommy characters who make Christine feel bad about her status as a working mom drawn from your experience?
Kari Lizer: It is loosely based on my experience. There’s nobody at my kids’ school that resembles any of these people. Initially the idea came from when my kids were in pre-school, the group of people that I was with, the other parents that I was with. Out of 18 families 16 of us were married, and by the time we got to second grade 13 of those families were divorced, which is a sad, horrible fact of life. And so what I noticed was the very, very different ways there are of handling that divorce. Some of them are ultra-civilized — like my ex and I try to be — and some of them the opposite of that. In addition to that where the meanie moms came from, there seemed to be this sort of war brewing between stay-at-home moms and working moms that I couldn’t wrap my head around. I couldn’t understand why we weren’t all on the same team as moms. And it felt like a viable area, and I think we were all just working moms and stay-at-home moms, we were all just trying to defend our place in the world and make ourselves feel better about the way we were doing it. So it felt like a rich area to go to for parenting.
Christine has lots of working mom moments. How many of them are inspired by your real life experiences?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: I think they abound, these examples. It’s hard to do it all. When I go to school, there’s usually small things like a mom who doesn’t work outside the home, coming up to me and saying “Oh! Julia its so good to see you, we haven’t seen you here in ages.” And that just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Well, I’ve been here, where have you been?