PEOPLE – Courteney Cox says that when she was growing up, she wanted to tell her own mom everything, but her experience with her teenage daughter Coco has been the exact opposite.
“I want her to tell me everything, and she doesn’t want to tell me anything,” says Cox, who sat down with Coco for their first interview together as part of PEOPLE’s The Beautiful Issue. “Exactly the opposite of the childhood I had.”
But just because Coco doesn’t share everything with her mom doesn’t mean the two aren’t extremely close. “We bicker, let’s be honest, but we love each other,” says the 53-year-old Friends alum. “We laugh a lot, for sure.”
Coco adds, “I would also describe it as, well, I am a 13-year-old girl, you are a mom, so I love you, but of course we’re gonna get in fights. But we’re very close. Very close. I love you a lot.”
Cox, who co-parents Coco with her ex-husband David Arquette, says keeping their daughter supported and balanced — and supporting each other as parents — is an important part of raising her.
“You don’t want to go in one house and have anything split,” Cox says. “You want it to be harmonious in both places.”
Now that Coco has entered the teen years, Cox says one of the toughest parts, like many parents of teens face, has been getting her to come out of her room. “It’s mostly me telling Coco, ‘Please get out of your room and come and have dinner in the kitchen.’ There’s a lot of that, for sure,” she says.
“She’s 13, she likes to be in her room. Unfortunately, I got her this big bed and that was the biggest mistake I’ve made,” adds the star, joking, “You need to make a bed really uncomfortable so all they wanna do is just go there for those hours they have to. That’s the big thing, I think.”
Although Cox says she’s not super strict, she is very particular about one thing: making sure Coco has a hobby. “My daughter is an incredible singer,” says Cox. “She does plays. No, I’m not being a stage mom. Well, I mean — ”
“At times,” Coco says, cutting her off. (Cox tells PEOPLE Coco has been in 16 musicals and although she isn’t sure if she will go into acting down the road like both of her parents, the actress will support anything she wants to do.)
“I’m sitting there watching you be incredible, I just send you off to the plays to be incredible,” Cox says. “She is really good. I want her to have a hobby, to make her play the piano. I wish my mom had made me play the piano because I do it on my own now, but if I’d done it consistently since I was a kid, I’d be great.”
Adds the former Cougar Town star, “And she’s got this instrument in her voice that I want to be backed up with either guitar, piano, I don’t care, but she has to have an activity. That I’m strict about.”
For more from our Beautiful Issue, pick up the magazine when it hits newsstands on Friday.
When it comes to getting beauty advice you can trust, it’s always best to turn to your Friends.
Courteney Cox will be sharing her favorite beauty and lifestyle secrets with the world as a new contributing editor for the women’s lifestyle site xoJane.com, EW can reveal.
The relationship between Cox and xoJane (which is owned by EW parent company Time Inc.) goes back for years. The actress is close friends with the site’s Editor-in-Chief and co-founder Jane Pratt, and previously served as the xoJane Home Editor when the site first launched in 2011.
“Jane and I have been sharing beauty secrets and advice with each other forever,” Cox said. “So I am especially excited to return to xoJane to share some new tips with the rest of the xoJane community.”
Above is the selfie Cox shared with EW as an example of the unfiltered content she will be sharing on xoJane. Check out her first post here, in which the actress details her skincare secrets.
Courteney Cox Opens Up About Her Involvement in the Fight Against EB: ‘It’s a Debilitating Disease’
For Courteney Cox, the fight against the debilitating skin disease epidermolysis bullosa is a personal one.
“My friend’s son was born with EB,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I’ve been a part of it since then. He’s 11 now. There is no cure for this disease. It’s just such a horrible thing.”
The condition, which usually strikes babies and children, causes painful skin blisters; there is little hope for those affected beyond the age of 30.
“You have no choice to feel for these kids,” says Cox, 51, who has an 11-year-old daughter, Coco. “The disease is very rare so need to bring awareness.”
The kids fighting EB, who are often called Butterfly Children because of the fragility of their skin, will be honored at the third annual Rock4EB! on Sunday, where Ed Sheeran will perform.
“The kids run around and have a good time,” says Cox. “They’re being honored. It’s for them.”
But she’ll leave the entertainment to the professionals: “No singing for me. There’s no good singing coming out of my mouth!”
Watch Kodaline’s ‘Love Will Set You Free’ Video (Courteney Cox Was So ‘Blown Away’ By the Song She Directed It in Her Own Home!)
Courteney Cox loved Kodaline’s new single so much she didn’t just direct the music video for it – she filmed it at her house and appeared in it, too!
PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at Irish band’s video for “Love Will Set You Free,” a song co-written by Cox’s fiancé, Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid.
“When Johnny first played me ‘Love Will Set You Free,’ I was blown away. The song is incredibly beautiful,” Cox, 51, tells PEOPLE. “After hanging out with the guys and getting to know their personalities, I knew I wanted to direct this video and really showcase who they are as individuals and as musicians.”
Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan says the whole process, from writing to the video, was very organic. He and his bandmates – Vinny May, Jason Boland and Mark Prendergast – had met fellow Irishman McDaid, 39, a few times before they decided to go into the studio together.
“We recorded that song, and we just got really proud of it,” Garrigan, 27, tells PEOPLE, adding: “Courteney just loved the song so much that she decided to do a video for us.”
The music video wasn’t Cox’s first time in the director’s seat or working with her husband-to-be: She directed some episodes of Cougar Town as well as the drama Just Before I Go, which McDaid wrote music for.
Garrigan says Cox’s focus was on “making us feel comfortable” – which she achieved by shooting in her own Malibu home!
“Basically it was just us hangin’ out,” the indie rocker says. “We flew over some of our friends from Dublin and had a few beers and hung out and were messin’ about.”
Garrigan adds working with the star was a breeze, even if there were some jitters at first.
“When we first went up [to the house], we were quite nervous because she’s Courteney Cox: We’re Friends fans. We have the box sets at home, you know?” he says. But, “Courteney’s an incredible person. You go there, and she just makes everybody feel at home. There’s no airs or graces about her. She’s just a nice person.”
As it turns out, Cox isn’t the only one in her family to make a cameo in the clip. Her daughter, 11-year-old Coco (who Garrigan says “stole the show”), and McDaid also appear.
And with Cox and McDaid’s wedding coming up, will Garrigan and his bandmates be working on their big day?
“That would be fun. We’ve actually played a few of our friends’ weddings before, so yeah, we probably will,” he says. “They’re great.”
Check out the video and article here!
Courteney Cox, Roselyn Sanchez Join ‘Mothers Day’ Movie
Courteney Cox and Roselyn Sanchez have joined the cast of Paul Duddridge’s drama “Mothers Day,” currently in production with shooting in Los Angeles to be completed by the fall.
Previously announced cast includes Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri Martino, Sharon Stone, Christina Ricci and Paul Wesley.
“Mothers Day” is Duddridge’s feature film debut, with Nigel Levy co-directing. The script by Paige Cameron is based on a concept by Duddridge.
Producers are Danielle James and Amy Williams, who are both working mothers. The story is focused on a rock photographer who is riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward.
Cox just wrapped her sixth season on “Cougar Town.” She is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
The comedy, which ended its run on ABC in 2012, will return for a 13-episode order in 2014.
TBS is sticking with Cougar Town. The ABC Studios production, which left its broadcast network home in 2012, has received an order for another season at the cable network.
The Turner-owned network announced the renewal on Monday, though the new order of 13 episodes is shy of the current season’s 15-episode run.
“Cougar Town has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” said TBS, TNT and TCM president and head of programming Michael Wright. “This season, the brilliant cast and immensely creative production team on Cougar Town have crafted their best episodes yet, and we couldn’t be happier inviting them back for more.”
Starring Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Ian Gomez, Josh Hopkins and Brian Van Holt, Cougar Town was let go by ABC last spring after the third season experienced a drop in ratings.
On TBS, Cougar Town has seen a relatively steady ratings performance with 2.8 million viewers and 1.7 million adults 18-49 in Live+Seven Day delivery. In the key demographic, it’s the network’s top-performing original primetime series ever. In Live+Same, Cougar Town hit a high in February with 2.43 million viewers in one episode.
Since co-creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel departed the day-to-day of the show following its move to TBS, Ric Swartzlander has served as showrunner.
Cougar Town‘s current season comes to an end on April 9