Marissa Jaret Winokur is gearing up for the October 18 premiere of the new CBS show The Talk. She will be one of the co-hosts, along with five other celebrity moms, in discussing daily interests and angsts of modern-day parents.
In an interview with Parade magazine, Winokur spoke about her role on the show which will be dealing directly with the public.
“I’m regularly going out in the field like a correspondent, but I hate using that word. I’ll be talking with parents on the street, in the park, in a coffee shop, asking them about, you know, real things,” she explained.
Winokur, 37, adds, “There will be a lot of segments on healthy food. There also will be personal, at-home footage of us with our own families. And speaking for myself, I am not so obsessed with celebrity. I am so much more impressed with the woman who has five kids. How does she do it? My mom had four kids — how is she alive?!
“Sometimes, I can’t handle life with just one kid! Also, I’ve heard enough from celebrity moms who say, ‘I do it by myself.’ No we don’t! We have help. Of course, we have help! How would we work all the time if we didn’t have help? On The Talk, I want to show real parents doing real things. I’m as real as it comes when it comes to being a parent. I know the stress that I have as a parent — meanwhile, I have a husband, and help with my son, and a career, and money. I don’t know how people do it with less. I don’t know how a teenage mom does it at all. ”
Regarding parenting her son Zev with husband Judah Miller, she says it’s a challenge.
“Zev is now 2 years and 2 months old, so he’s a nightmare. I can’t reason with him yet. Like, if I open the door but he wanted to be the one who opened it, he throws himself on the floor, screaming. How could I know that he wanted to open the door? I don’t really care what the doctors say to do about the terrible twos. The doctors will say ‘Do this!’ or ‘Do that!’. What I want to know is, what do other parents do. That’s just one reason to watch The Talk.”
She also hopes the show will get moms to share and not judge.
“I would like for moms to stop judging each other. For example, one time, I locked my son in our car and got hysterical. There was Zev, sitting inside the car, all alone, holding the car keys. I felt like the worst mother in the world! I called the fire department, and they came in about 10 minutes. When I finally was able to admit and talk about what had happened, so many parents told me, ‘I did the same thing too!’ The Talk will be live, except for the stuff that each of us will shoot in our own homes with our families. All of us were given Flip cams to use at home. When something worthwhile happens, we just pull out our cameras and start taping. I shot video of Zev totally losing it — he was upset because I didn’t give him butter. He’s weeping and moaning, “Mieeee! Buuu-tter!” He’s in the terrrible twos — and you’ll get to watch it.”
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