While filming their upcoming movie, “The Heat,” co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were able to bond over one thing they had in common: the guilt of being moms with careers outside the home.
Both McCarthy, who has two young daughters, and Bullock, who has a 3-year-old son, admit it is not always easy to make movies while leaving the kids at home.
"It plagues me," McCarthy told Parade magazine in an article appearing this Sunday. "I feel intensely guilty for working. But I feel like it's a weird modern phenomenon that you always feel guilty for it."
Bullock also shared her feelings about being a working mom.
"I don't know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I'm always plagued with, 'Did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction?' But I also know that my entire life revolves around [my son] Louis.
Having a famous parent carries other consequences. Both actresses said they dislike the paparazzi’s prying eyes when it comes to their children’s lives.
“We're adults, and we're fair game ... But I instinctively throw things over Louis's head. ... He doesn't like [paparazzi],” Bullock said. “He gives them the stink-eye and they're like, 'That's such an angry kid' but I look at them and say, 'Only when you guys are around.'"
McCarthy added: "Strangers shouldn't be allowed to take a picture of your child and sell it for profit. They think, 'We're putting out a product,' but you're putting out a child."
But the stars admit sharing their mommy guilt and fame gave them added to their chemistry on set.
"Having kids connected us on a deeper level,” Bullock said.
“The Heat” is a comedic buddy cop movie that presents its own unique twist to the familiar style of film by featuring female cops as leads. The film is set to hit theaters June 28.
Sources: NBC, Parade