Meeting Courteney Cox was surreal. After all, a good chunk of my life was dedicated to watching Friends every single Thursday. And meeting her on the set of her current show, Cougar Town, was only fitting considering I myself married a younger man (listen, he’s 11 months younger and I’m working on little sleep from breast-feeding twins, so just laugh at that joke… kidding… kind of…). Venturing up to LA with my breast pump by my side (and pumping in the studio parking lot at one point), I not only got to meet the entire cast, but was even served red wine – a trademark of this hilarious show. From whether the former Monica Geller lets real life daughter Coco, age 6, watch her sometimes racy show to how it’s been helping her while she endures a separation with David Arquette, who is currently in rehab, Breezy Mama got the scoop.
Do you let your daughter watch the show?
[Pauses]… If I say yes, am I a bad mom?
I do but I tell her to close her eyes when it’s inappropriate and she does. She really thinks Dan Byrd [my son on the show] is her brother. This is her family… she’s supposed to be down here any minute.
Has this been a good escape for you with all that’s going on personally?
Oh yeah! Thank God for the show. There have been times when [Executive Producer] Bill [Lawrence] has said, “Are you all right? Do you need to take a break?” And I’m like, “Are you kidding? This is my saving grace.”
Are you used to all the scrutiny and attention of fame after being in this business for a while?
I think I’m kind of used to it, but as I get older, I’m getting more sensitive. So, it might be harder in some ways and because I love the show so much… I do take it personally anything that involves the show. Obviously my life is kind of crazy right now so… I think it’s harder than it used to be.
Is Coco creative?
She just wrote a book about Candy Land and how the Queen said no more candy and you have to eat vegetables. It was a whole story.
So does she eat sweets?
She is a nightmare when she eats sweets. I mean, I let her have them, but I say, “Do you see the difference in your personality? Can you tell how much of a monster you are right now?” And she’ll say [kids voice], “Yes.”
What do you think when people say to you: I grew up watching you?
I think it’s all right… I guess… I mean, I have a few years before I feel bad.
When [Friends Co-Star] Jennifer [Aniston] came on Cougar Town was it like old times?
It felt like… fun. And it didn’t feel like Monica and Rachel at all, which is great – the characters are so different. It just felt natural and we had a ball.
Is she coming back?
I doubt it. She has four movies this year.
Are there other people from the past you’d like to see come on?
Yeah, I loved working with Lisa [Kudrow, a.k.a. Phoebe from Friends], that was really fun… Johnny Depp maybe. I haven’t worked with Johnny but I would like to [smiles].
Have you seen episodes of Matthew Perry’s new show, Mr. Sunshine?
No, I haven’t, but I can’t wait. I just saw his face on a bus and he looked so cute. I will be watching it.
Were you nervous about the Jules [your Cougar Town character] and Grayson story line – them getting together so soon?
I was nervous at first. But I just love Bill’s take on them. It’s not going to be an on and off again thing, which is what I’m used to seeing with [Friends characters] Rachel and Ross… not so much me and Chandler… once we were together we stayed together.
How was working on Scream again?
It’s been 10 years and there’s a new group of actors and they all were subdued and quiet. I was thinking I’m going to stand out like a sore thumb. I was like: GAIL WEATHERS IS BACK!
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