Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn turned up in Times Square Thursday afternoon for a meet and greet with fans before a screening of their new film, Bad Moms.
Hosted by The Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, and presented by Viva Towels, and Kidbox, Hahn and Kunis were hilarious as they spoke about the challenges, pitfalls and joys of being a mother, or at least as much of this as you can cover in five minutes.
“Bad Moms” is a funny, good-natured riff on the foibles of motherhood, written and directed by the 2009 hit comedy “Hangover” writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, that also co-stars Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate. “Bad Moms” is also about friendship and freedom and how women need and enjoy each other. The on screen chemistry between Kunis and Hahn was mirrored by the rapport they shared in each other’s company as they talked about the film.
Kunis has a small but noticeable baby bump and looked terrific in a black jumpsuit. Hahn is having a moment with a succession of big hit television shows like “Transparent” and the upcoming Jill Soloway television movie, “I Love Dick,”
“You feel so guilty when you like screw up as a mom right?” Melissa asked the stars.
“I don’t,” Kunis replied calmly, while the audience howled.
Asked about their real-life Bad Mom moments, Hahn replied:
“I attended the LA premiere of Bad Moms on my daughter’s seventh birthday.”
She added that there were those times when she has read her daughter bedtime stories and thought, “I cannot read another page of this book … I’m going to edit it…” Kunis cracked, “And then they ask you, ‘What happened to the fairy princess part?’”
“I’m so psyched she can read, but I’m also bummed out,” Hahn sighed.
Hahn added another Bad Mom confession. “Me and my girlfriends, we were all on a camping trip once, and the kids were in another tent and we…” Hahn mimicked taking a toke of pot.
“I only have a 21 month old I haven’t messed up too much yet,” Kunis said.
Then Kunis confessed her Bad Mom moment: “I was visiting my husband (Ashton Kutcher) at work with my six month old … I put her in the car seat in the back seat and I got in the car and start riding on the freeway, and looked over there and she’s not strapped in.”
Everyone in the audience howled.
“Why can’t you have fun without it being bad?” Denise asked.
“I think you can,” Mila said. “Just keep in mind you have a kid. Don’t forget you have one,” she joked.
Kunis said she hoped that “the film allows everybody to be a little bit selfish… I think as moms you sometimes forget to take care of yourself first… Take time to get a massage, go out with your girlfriends — you don’t’ have to do crazy things like stay out until 2 in the morning but just take that minute for yourself and know that’s okay.”
“What do you want our audience to take away from this film?” The Moms asked the stars.
“Just don’t be so hard on yourselves!” Hahn replied. “Let’s not be so hard on each other. Let’s like just chill out with the judgment… Everybody’s doing the best that we can. There’s always gonna be different styles of parenting … Their childhoods are so short! Let’s not waste a second of it on that stupid noise… Let’s be easy on ourselves and each other.”
“Is it possible that bad moms are actually good moms?” Denise asked.
“Yes, absolutely,” both Hahn and Kunis agreed.