From whether the former Monica Geller lets real life daughter Coco, age 6, watch her sometimes racy show to how it’s been helping her while she endures a separation with David Arquette, who is currently in rehab, Breezy Mama got the scoop.
Do you let your daughter watch the show?
[Pauses]… If I say yes, am I a bad mom?
I do but I tell her to close her eyes when it’s inappropriate and she does. She really thinks Dan Byrd [my son on the show] is her brother. This is her family… she’s supposed to be down here any minute.
Has this been a good escape for you with all that’s going on personally?
Oh yeah! Thank God for the show. There have been times when [Executive Producer] Bill [Lawrence] has said, “Are you all right? Do you need to take a break?” And I’m like, “Are you kidding? This is my saving grace.”
Are you used to all the scrutiny and attention of fame after being in this business for a while?
I think I’m kind of used to it, but as I get older, I’m getting more sensitive. So, it might be harder in some ways and because I love the show so much… I do take it personally anything that involves the show. Obviously my life is kind of crazy right now so… I think it’s harder than it used to be.
Is Coco creative?
She just wrote a book about Candy Land and how the Queen said no more candy and you have to eat vegetables. It was a whole story.
So does she eat sweets?
She is a nightmare when she eats sweets. I mean, I let her have them, but I say, “Do you see the difference in your personality? Can you tell how much of a monster you are right now?” And she’ll say [kids voice], “Yes.”
What do you think when people say to you: I grew up watching you?
I think it’s all right… I guess… I mean, I have a few years before I feel bad.
When [Friends Co-Star] Jennifer [Aniston] came on Cougar Town was it like old times?
It felt like… fun. And it didn’t feel like Monica and Rachel at all, which is great – the characters are so different. It just felt natural and we had a ball.
Is she coming back?
I doubt it. She has four movies this year.
Are there other people from the past you’d like to see come on?
Yeah, I loved working with Lisa [Kudrow, a.k.a. Phoebe from Friends], that was really fun… Johnny Depp maybe. I haven’t worked with Johnny but I would like to [smiles].
Have you seen episodes of Matthew Perry’s new show, Mr. Sunshine?
No, I haven’t, but I can’t wait. I just saw his face on a bus and he looked so cute. I will be watching it.
Were you nervous about the Jules [your Cougar Town character] and Grayson story line – them getting together so soon?
I was nervous at first. But I just love Bill’s take on them. It’s not going to be an on and off again thing, which is what I’m used to seeing with [Friends characters] Rachel and Ross… not so much me and Chandler… once we were together we stayed together.
How was working on Scream again?
It’s been 10 years and there’s a new group of actors and they all were subdued and quiet. I was thinking I’m going to stand out like a sore thumb. I was like: GAIL WEATHERS IS BACK!