Faris says new role no stretch

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014
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Anna Faris talks about motherhood and her new sitcom, Mom. (TV2, Wednesdays).

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Anna Faris, centre, plays Christy, a single mum with a dysfunctional family. Her teen daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano) is pregnant and her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) is a recovering alcoholic (as is Christy).

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Anna Faris says she doesn't have to act too much in her role as a new mother in her latest sitcom, simply called Mom.

"I'm a new mom, I have a 17-month-old baby boy and I don't know what I'm doing at all," she tells TV Guide. "I love him like crazy and I'm sort of doing my best, but I'm learning too."

In the show, Faris plays a recovering alcoholic and mother of two who is restarting her life as a waitress in California's wine country, whose challenges include a meddling mother and a pregnant teenage daughter. 

"I think that my character Christy, now that she's sober and she's trying to start her life again, is learning just like I am," Faris says. "Even though her kids are now 16 and nine, I think that she's still figuring out how to parent.

"The one common denominator, it seems to me, between all moms all over the world, is that feeling of you love your child so much and you just want what's best for them all the time."

All mums feel guilty, says Faris, 37, who in real life has husband, Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt, to lend a hand.

"You feel guilty for being away for being away from your child, or maybe sometimes you don't feed them organic food, or maybe you have them wear the same pyjamas for three days in a row.

"With Christy I think her sense of guilt comes from how she's messed up in the past and now she has to make up for this, especially with her teenage daughter," Faris says. "Her teenage daughter is still angry at her but Christy's trying."

Mom airs on TV2 Wednesdays.

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