The love story be­hind this comedic dream team

How Cather­ine Reit­man and Philip Stern­berg, of CBC’s Workin’ Moms, got their start

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Cather­ine Reit­man and Philip Stern­berg are the team be­hind CBC’s new com­edy se­ries Workin’

Moms, premier­ing Jan. 10. The duo also star in the se­ries. Here, they dish on how they met. How they met Cather­ine: I was picking up a pay­cheque for my friend af­ter an au­di­tion when I first saw Philip. I was dressed ridicu­lously, in short shorts, with two braids, for a role that I ab­so­lutely was wrong for and didn’t get. Philip handed me the cheque and there was clear elec­tric­ity be­tween us. We didn’t ex­change num­bers. We just smiled and knew that some­thing was hap­pen­ing. Three months later, we ran into each other at an event. Philip told me there was no way I was walk­ing out of his life again. The first date Philip: We went to the cast and crew screen­ing of Knocked Up. Cather­ine: I re­mem­ber feel­ing deeply em­bar­rassed about him see­ing me act. When my back first ap­peared on screen, Philip leaned into me and whis­pered: “Now that’s a nice neck.” The courtship Philip: We moved faster than ei­ther of us had ever ex­pe­ri­enced in previous re­la­tion­ships. We were say­ing “I love you” within the first month and were en­gaged by six months. We just knew. Cather­ine: I re­mem­ber vis­it­ing Philip’s apart­ment for the first time. This con­fi­dent man all of a sud­den ap­peared so ner­vous. He lived in this dirty stu­dio apart­ment in a dan­ger­ous part of town. I was tak­ing the tour of his place when I stopped dead in my tracks. The man had an artsy mir­ror at the head of his bed. I looked at him and he turned beet red: “It’s not what you think.… It’s an an­tique.” The pro­posal Cather­ine: We were driv­ing down to San Diego for the week­end. I was starv­ing and in a ter­ri­ble mood for the en­tire drive. Lit­tle did I know what se­cret Philip was sit­ting on. I begged him to stop for fast food, but he said he had some­thing planned. Did he ever. When we ar­rived, he pulled a pic­nic out. It was all of my favourite cheeses and cured meats. I dove in like an an­i­mal, while he sat and watched me ner­vously. A storm was rolling in, and he be­gan to panic. He asked me to take a walk with him. I was crushed: “But we just started eat­ing!” I took that walk and we ap­proached a cliff. He asked me to walk over the fenc­ing onto the cliff ’s edge. It hit me all of a sud­den: this man was ei­ther go­ing to pro­pose … or mur­der me. I took the risk. He pointed to a nearby beach. It was hard to see through the storm, but there, in the sand, he had writ­ten out “Will You Marry Me?” in painted white seashells and long-stemmed roses. He dropped to his knee, and I took the crappy flea mar­ket ring off my ring fin­ger and threw it into the sea. Say­ing yes to him was the smartest move I’ve ever made. The wed­ding Cather­ine: We were mar­ried in Santa Bar­bara, Calif., at my par­ents’ home the fol­low­ing year. We hon­ey­mooned in Italy and man­aged to each gain 20 pounds. Worth. It. The home Philip: We live at Lawrence and Yonge and love it! It is very fam­i­lyfriendly and has such great restau­rants and shops. The kids Cather­ine: We have two boys. Jack­son is three, and Liam is six months old. Bal­anc­ing work and mar­riage Philip: I don’t know. This re­mains one of the harder chal­lenges. We are pro­duc­ing part­ners for the first time on a new TV se­ries called

Workin’ Moms for CBC. Plus Cather­ine is the showrun­ner, stars in it and di­rects two of the 13 episodes. We try to take these mo­ments when­ever we can. Nap­time on the week­ends has be­come our favourite min­utes of the day. Cather­ine: As we work to­gether and have very young chil­dren, tak­ing the time to just be to­gether is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. What al­ways floors us is how just tak­ing a small mo­ment to con­nect can make such a dif­fer­ence.

Philip Stern­berg and Cather­ine Reit­man call Yonge and Lawrence home

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