USA Today stories "A is For ASSSSCAT" benefit with Julie Bowen, Busy Philipps & Martha Plimpton
USA Today March 4, 2013
Pregnant Busy Philipps: Nope, not 'any day now'
by Andrea Mandell
The actress joins Martha Plimpton on stage in L.A. for a benefit to promote reproductive rights for women.
LOS ANGELES — Here are two things not to say to a pregnant woman, as decoded by Busy Philipps:
"So, it's twins!" or "Any day now!"
Those were two gems directed at the Cougar Town star recently, who is six months pregnant with her second child. Sunday night, Philipps broke out her improv skills with Julie Bowen for pal Martha Plimpton's "A Is For" benefit, which champions women's reproductive rights. Onstage at the Upright Citizen's Brigade, Philipps improvised a monologue about her (wine-fueled) Dawson's Creek days, giving birth au naturel, and, yes, the worst things to say to a woman with child.
"Are you going into labor?" Julie Bowen, pretending to be panicked, jokes backstage with Phillips after the show (after a hilarious retelling of her An American Werewolf in Paris days). "Is it happening now?"
"Any day now?" Philipps shakes her head. "Nope, not any day now!"
"I know, I got that, too," Bowen says, nodding. She says she was called "massive" while pregnant with twins four years ago. Both women participated in the bicoastal sketch comedy night (in New York, Lena Dunham was among performers) for pal Plimpton, who co-founded "A Is For" in 2012.
"It's something I feel very strongly about," Philipps says. "Like Martha said onstage, in so many ways, we're taking great steps forward in this country, but for some reason, I do feel this issue of women's reproductive rights and the health care that's being offered and available to women is being so limited and stripped back, especially in rural and poor areas."
Adds Bowen: "As a mom, I think about the education aspect. I'm fully on board with women's reproductive rights, but as a mom, I look at it and go, they're going to know all about what pregnancy is, how you get there. Because no one wants their kid to get in that situation."
Plimpton, who wore a shirt reading "Where's My Personhood Amendment?" says women today are legislatively under attack thanks to a heavy load of anti-abortion bills advancing across the USA. "If over 2,000 bills have been proposed in the past three years, 400 since January 1st, then it's not a matter of feeling, it's a matter of fact," she says.
How did Philipps feel about having the conversation while pregnant? "I was saying to Martha backstage, 'This is the ultimate planned pregnancy,' " she says. "I planned it around my television schedule! I really did."
Bowen nodded: "Absolutely. Aim for hiatus. I had my babies in April and May. Nailed it!"