This past weekend, Babble had the chance to sit down with the lovely and talented actress Leslie Mann, who stars in the new animated kids film, Rio, opening in theaters this Friday, April 15th. (We watched the movie on Saturday and let us be the first to tell you: It’s fantastic. Lots of stunning colors, since the film takes place in Rio. Awesome music from will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Great cast, including Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Anne Hathaway, and Jamie Foxx.) In addition to her movie star status, Leslie’s also the wife of Judd Apatow (director of comedies like Knocked Up and Funny People) and mom to Maude, 13, and Iris, 8. We chatted with the down-to-earth star about raising a (gasp!) teenager, balancing career and family, and postpartum depression. Check out the interview after the jump!
How do you feel about your children becoming actors?
Well, at first, I said no. But of course they can do what they want. We’re about to do another movie together, all of us, in June. And the 13-year-old is now a little more outspoken. It’s weird and new. She has no problem freaking out in the middle of a crowded restaurant, screaming and crying. But then, she’s so sweet the next second. Like, she’ll turn around and be so loving. It’s the hormones. There’s actually a book called, Yes, Your Teenager Is Crazy. Has anyone heard of it?
I haven’t heard of it, but I did read there’s a study that showed that tweens’ and teenagers’ brain chemistry is actually the closest it’s ever been to when they’re two years old. It explains so much.
Yes, exactly, so my point is that you can’t get mad at them because they can’t help it. You just have to let it go because that’s also how they learn to handle conflict.
Do you find it hard as a working mom to balance your family and your career?
Yes, it’s hard. It was really hard in the beginning when I first became pregnant. It was just such a shocker. I was depressed for about five years. I don’t know if I really had postpartum depression because back then, no one would talk about it. I went to therapists who tried to prescribe me medication, but it didn’t work.
I’d say [the depression] went on until I was three-months pregnant with my second daughter. Then it just lifted. And I remember thinking, “Is this going happen again with my second one?” But it didn’t.