Jamie Lee Curtis on Being a Mom and an Author Video

Being a Mom is a full time job, but when you are an actress and an author at the same time, life can be pretty hectic. Juli Auclair talks to Jamie Lee Curtis about how she balances it all.
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Julie Auclair: Hi everybody! I'm Julie Auclair thanks for watching Parents TV. Being a mom is definitely a full time job, but when also an actress and an author at the same time, life can get pretty hectic. Well I have the opportunity to sit down with Jamie Lee Curtis, to talk about how she balances it all. Jamie Lee Curtis: I like the statue, it's beautiful. Julie Auclair: Thank you so much and what I like is your books. Jamie Lee Curtis: Well, good. Julie Auclair: They are absolutely fantastic, we love them in our house, I read them to my kids and this is your latest, Is There Really a Human Race, we want to know what inspired you to write this? Jamie Lee Curtis: My little boy actually came home from school one day, kind of upset and said, asked me that question, he said, mommy, is there really a human race? Julie Auclair: And what did you say to that? Jamie Lee Curtis: Well, he really thought that it was race, he really thought it was a race and that he had a number on his back and that I just had mentioned, that when the day you born you get tattooed a number on your back. And it was a profound moment for me, because I realized how much competition we instill in our children, there is a great, great image in the beginning of the book, where it says is there really human race, is it going on now all over the place, when did it start, who said, ready-set-go, did it start on my birthday, I really must know? And there is Bassinet, a group of babies in there, you know in the hospital, and each one has already been imprinted with what parents want them to be, and my little boy said, mommy, why this that little girl have an Oscar? I said, I don't know Tom, what are you thinking? He said, because her mommy and daddy wanted her to win one. Julie Auclair: Here we go. Jamie Lee Curtis: And I was like, wow! Julie Auclair: In all of your books, are not only fun to read and have amazing illustrations, but they have a great message for not just the kids, but parents too. Jamie Lee Curtis: Well, I appreciate that thank you -- Julie Auclair: Well, I find -- Jamie Lee Curtis: They are my best thing, and I'm very happy to be able to it. I'm lucky to be able to it. I have a great partner for the illustrator, Laura Cornell; it's been the best expression I've ever been able to have in my life. Julie Auclair: I had heard in the past that you said you were done with the big screen. Jamie Lee Curtis: You know the whole thing about not working was really just about, I can't do both. This whole perpetualization that woman can do it all, and we can all be these great mothers and workers, it's just hogwash. Julie Auclair: So you do what you can do, that enables you to be with your family as much as possible. Jamie Lee Curtis: Children first. Julie Auclair: Children first. Finally, what I'm hoping you're going to say is that it's another book, but I would love to know what's coming up next, because my family would love another one of your books. Jamie Lee Curtis: I appreciate it very much; I've a book coming out next year called Big Words for Little People, Family Values for Valued Family. Julie Auclair: Jamie Lee Curtis, it's so wonderful to having you.

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