There are plenty of people who will always have a soft spot for Christina Applegate. After all, many fans remember her best as the ditzy but blonde and beautiful daughter Kelly on Married With Children. The iconic show was a huge hit for several years, mostly because it allowed viewers to have a glimpse of what life was like for the average - if not, also quirky – middle-class family. Kelly Bundy wasn’t the perfect daughter, the perfect sister, or the perfect student for that matter. But for fans, she was perfect in every way.
When it comes to Christina Applegate off screen, one might say that she’s a celebrity mom that we can all relate to as well. She doesn’t pretend to be perfect. She doesn’t pretend that she knows everything about motherhood. And just like so many of us, she’s learning, each and every day. She’s honest about all of the ups and downs and challenges about motherhood and that’s why we love her so much.
With that being said, we have 20 things that fans probably didn’t know about Christina Applegate as a mom. Check out our list below and let us know what you think in our comments section.
20 She Doesn't Sugarcoat Things For Her Daughter
Christina Applegate isn’t the kind of mom who will sugar coat things for her daughter Sadie. As a matter of fact, she’s an honest mom. She likes to tell it like it is, regardless if it’s good, bad or just plain ugly. The actress once said (via Bustle): "I'm always like, 'I'm telling you right now, what you're feeling right now is frustrating, I'm frustrated too, Sadie, but there's so much good on the other side of this. Have your pain, go freak out, go throw stuff or whatever you need to do, but the other side is good.' I'm trying to help her with that."
19 She’s Nothing Like Her Bad Moms Character
One of Christina’s most recent movies was the massive 2016 hit, Bad Moms (and the follow-up sequel, Bad Moms Christmas in 2017). According to the actress and her media interviews, she’s nothing like the perfect PTA mom her character is in the movie. Everything has to be perfect and right for Gwendolyn, but that’s not always the case for Christina in real life. In fact, she likes to take things one day at a time, if not one hour at a time, with her daughter Sadie at home. Perfection is the last thing on her mind.
18 …Or Her Character On Friends, Either
With the above being said, Christina is also nothing like her character from the hit television sitcom, Friends. She played Rachel Green’s long-lost sister (purposely long lost, mind you), Amy Green. As many viewers can remember, Amy was not what you would call mother material. She told her sister Rachel that her daughter should get a nose job. She also got little Emma’s ears pierced without consulting her sister first just because so many people thought the little tot looked like a boy. The episodes were absolutely hilarious but according to Christina, she’s nothing like that in real life.
17 She’s Always Felt Self-Conscious
Even though Christina Applegate has long been considered a television icon because of her character on Married With Children, and because she is so beautiful, she admits that she’s always felt self-conscious. And that feeling has definitely spilled over to her motherhood years, too. “I just transitioned out of maternity jeans. I’m working on two years and I haven’t even lost all my [mass],” the Up All Night actress said back in 2011. “And those girls that do, they’re spending less time with their kids. I just wanted to hang out with my daughter 24 hours a day. I will not be Tweeting photos of me in a bikini, let alone wear a bikini I think ever again in my life.”
16 The Birth Of Her Daughter Was Profound And The Best Thing That Happened To Her
One of the reasons why fans love Christina Applegate so much is because she’s a “tell it like it is” kind of person. The actress admits that her birth experience wasn’t what she first expected. She told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, “It was profound. It was profound pain. And then that happens (pointing to photo of daughter). Just that moment, pulling her out and I dropped my gown which I don’t do. This part of my body is very private to me [her chest]…that’s a real private place. A place that I don’t have a good relationship with, let’s say. But at that moment of pulling her out and I just tore that thing [gown] off. There’s a room full of people that I don’t know. Nurses and doctors. And she and I just laid there. It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
15 Being A Hollywood Mom Makes Communication With Her Own Mom Hard
While being a Hollywood mom does give people like Christina Applegate some advantages (like all of the hired help and staff that she can afford), it’s not always easy. She says that being a “Hollywood” mom and actress sometimes makes communication hard between her and her own mom. Christina said (via Bustle) several years ago: "My mom blames everything on Hollywood. If I have an experience she doesn't understand, she's like, 'Well, you're in Hollywood, so I can't help you. The reason this is happening is cause you went to Hollywood.' But I'm like, 'What the heck are you talking about?'"
14 She Reaches Out To Her Fans About Mom Issues
Christina Applegate uses social media as a tool and a platform to reach out to her fans, especially when it comes to her mom issues. If she is having a challenging time at home or if she has a certain mom-related topic in mind, she will share it with her followers. She also likes to engage in different discussions and share her opinions about the news, especially if it’s parenting related. The stunning blonde also never pretends that she has all of the answers. She’s learning things on a day by day basis, just like so many other parents out there.
13 She’s Not A Social Media Mom
With the above being said though, she is definitely not the kind of celebrity mom who likes to share photos of her daughter on social media. As a matter of fact, you won’t find any personal or behind-the-scenes pics of Christina’s daughter on the internet. But the actress does love talking about her in her interviews with the media. “[Sadie] is so remarkable, she is so smart. She’s just talking up a storm, dancing, she loves music and she loves bubbles,” the proud mama shared to People back in 2012. “She’s just a whole human being and it’s awesome to watch her.”
12 She Doesn't Talk About Personal Details
If there is one thing that will never change for Christina Applegate, it’s the fact that she values her family’s privacy. While she will share tidbits about her life as a mom, she won’t go into any details about her daughter or her personal life at home. But that hasn’t stopped her from expressing her undying love for her baby girl! Christina told People Magazine, “I love my kid more than I’ve ever known possible. Like, humanly possible. It’s a spiritual thing. I really love her. The level of love. I feel bad. There were times I didn’t treat my mom all that great. I had no idea how much she loved me. Now, I love my kid [fans face]. Here it goes.”
11 She Misses Sadie When She's At Work
Just like so many other parents out there, Christina misses her daughter Sadie immensely whenever she’s filming or at work. And no, it doesn’t get any easier, as you tend to miss your children even more, especially as they get older. That’s why Christina doesn’t waste any time whenever she gets to spend it with Sadie. She values each and every second they get to share together. “How it immediately right-sizes all of your problems,” the former Veronica Mars star, 36, told People Magazine. “Kathryn [Hahn] always says when you’re not with [your kids], it’s like missing a limb … that’s what it feels like.”
10 Only After Becoming A Mom Did She Truly Learn What It's Like To Love Somebody
Let’s face it: you are definitely not the same person you were the moment you become a mother. Your entire life changes. You are now responsible for a little person. You always worry about him or her, their happiness, their safety, and their well-being. Christina Applegate knows the feeling all too well, especially since she thinks about it on a daily basis. For her, there’s no better love in this world than the love a mother has for her child. She told Parents Magazine, “I know what it means to love somebody, and that's something that you just don't know your whole life.”
9 Her Child Is Her New Beginning
Christina once said that giving birth to her daughter Sadie helped give her a new purpose in life. As a matter of fact, she says that being a mom is like a new beginning for her. Christina revealed to Parents Magazine, “She's my purpose. I've been doing a lot of things for many years. I do some of them well, and I fail at other things. None of it matters. You know when you look at her... that's the thing I've contributed to this world. That's the best thing I could possibly do, and so for that, she's my beginning.”
8 Her Favorite Product
While there are a lot of things that can be said about raising children, everyone’s experiences are quite different. What works for one parent might not necessarily work for another. But according to Christina, she does have one very good parenting advice that works like a gem. The actress uses a certain product whenever her daughter gets sick. She keeps it pretty simple, too. Christina once said, “There's so much [baby gear] to get! I think... to buy a NoseFrida! The thing that you use to suck the stuff out of their nose. It's got a long [tube] and you do it with your mouth.”
7 Juggling Her Career And Motherhood
When it comes to juggling your career with motherhood, there’s no right or wrong answer. As a matter of fact, a lot of people are still trying to figure out that special formula that’s supposed to work. Well, here’s a news flash: moms all over the world are still trying to figure it out, with this Hollywood actress included. Christina once put it this way (via Brainy Quotes several years ago), “I don't think there's ever really a balance. Unfortunately, I think something will [be negatively affected] a little bit because of it. I'm finding it's never my baby because I'll give her 120 percent.”
6 Regular Outings As A Family
Whenever she’s not at work or on a film set, Christina loves to spend time with her daughter Sadie and her husband, Martyn LeNoble. And believe it or not, they manage to spend a lot of time out and about and without the prying eye of the paparazzi, too. Even though they live on the outskirts of Hollywood, Christina, Martyn, and Sadie like to spend time on the beach, the local farmer’s markets, the movies, or simple afternoons in the park playground. In other words, they are just like so many other families out there, despite the fact that Christina is a huge household name.
5 She Wants To Be Home For All The Milestones
These days Christina is working less in the entertainment industry and focusing more on her life. She doesn’t want to miss any of the important moments or milestones in Sadie’s life and that’s why she’s lessened her workload. She told The Today Show, “Be a little more diligent and carve out as much of the bad stuff that you can. The other big thing is stress. That’s a hard thing to say to people especially right now. We’re living in a bizarre time. We’re bombarded by what’s going on in our world. Breathe deeper. That’s a big one for me. I used to be a stressed out person. I’m not anymore. I try to find the lining in everything in life.”
4 Making Sacrifices For Her Family
Just like so many other moms in her position, Christina often feels “mom guilt.” Even though she needs to work in order to pay those Hollywood bills, she doesn't like the fact that she has to sacrifice her time away from her family. But then again that’s a feeling that even the average mom has to deal with, right? Regardless if you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, it’s never easy and most parents know that. Still, because Sadie is her “miracle baby,” Christina says that cherishes all the moments that come with motherhood. She knows that these are the days that end up going the fastest, too.
3 Growing Up In A One Parent Family
One of the reasons why Christina is so thankful for everything that she has is because she grew up in a one parent family. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, worked hard to make ends meet as a struggling actress in the entertainment industry while Christina was growing up. Christina once said (via Brainy Quotes): “It was not easy for my mother, being a struggling actress and raising a child. We were these two sort of vagabonds, never knowing where the money was going to come from. She always says she couldn't afford a babysitter, which is why she put me on the stage.”
2 Her Childhood Wasn’t Easy
Because her mother was the only parent in the picture, Christina admits that her childhood wasn’t always easy. She didn’t get to have or experience the same thing as some of her peers. But at the same time, this is what helped her stay grounded over the years. Christina said, “There are a lot of sacrifices a mother makes when she's raising a child by herself. I saw it when I was growing up, watching all my mother did for me. But it wasn't until recently that I fully understood the price she paid because of how we had to struggle.”
1 Her Dream For The Future
Simply put, Christina Applegate isn’t like the other Hollywood actresses and celebrity moms out there. Because of the way that she was raised, she doesn’t take anything for granted. What’s more, she really values her marriage and wants to stay together with her husband for the rest of her life, for the sake of her daughter Sadie. Her dream is to always have her family intact. Christina said (via Brainy Quotes): “I don't want to raise a child by myself. I could do it. But I definitely don't want to. I want to be a mother who has the original father there.”
source: brainy quotes, parenting.com, parents.com, people.com, us magazine.