BUSY be­ing me

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWSLETTER - By Ali­cia Ran­cilio

Guys, it’s all hap­pen­ing for Busy Philipps. She’s got a New York Times best-sell­ing book, This Will Only

Hurt a Lit­tle, and her latenight talk show on E! called Busy Tonight pre­miered re­cently.

Philipps often posted pho­tos on­line of her writ­ing the book.

“I didn’t even know that celebri­ties have other peo­ple write their books. Lit­er­ally no one ever told me that un­til I was al­most fin­ished with mine,” she says. “But one of my char­ac­ter­is­tics is I do en­joy do­ing things the hard way.”

It’s that kind of an un­fil­tered ob­ser­va­tion that has earned the 39-year-old a large fol­low­ing on In­sta­gram.

Philipps posts mul­ti­ple sto­ries there through­out the day, shar­ing ev­ery­thing from ran­dom ob­ser­va­tions that often be­gin with “guys”, cry­ing bouts in res­tau­rants, and glimpses into her tram­po­line work­outs.

She says she be­gan turn­ing to In­sta­gram when the act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties weren’t as ap­peal­ing as in the past. (She’s had reg­u­lar roles on Freaks and Geeks, Daw­son’s Creek, ER and Cougar Town.)

“I was at a point cre­atively where I wasn’t be­ing ful­filled as an ac­tor. In­sta­gram sto­ries pro­vided like a re­ally in­cred­i­ble out­let for me and a way for me to scratch that itch.”

And as Philipps grew a fan base just by be­ing her­self, the op­por­tu­ni­ties grew too. Busy Tonight, is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Tina Fey.

“I re­spect her so much. I do think I spent a lot of time in my ca­reer wait­ing for ap­proval from peo­ple in this in­dus­try, wait­ing for some­one to tell me I was do­ing a good job and that I was killing it, and no one was telling me that. Hav­ing the val­i­da­tion from some­one like Tina hon­estly, at the end of the day, is bet­ter than any of those bros,” she laughed.

In This Will Only Hurt a Lit­tle, she’s forth­com­ing about both be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted and hav­ing an abor­tion as a teenager. She also writes about an in­ci­dent with James Franco on the set of Freaks and Geeks, where he shoved her to the ground (she’s re­cently taken to In­sta­gram to ex­press frus­tra­tion over “click bait” teases about the Franco men­tion) and a pe­riod of mar­i­tal is­sues with her hus­band.

Philipps says she had no reser­va­tions about shar­ing those parts of her life.

“I was in­cred­i­bly thought­ful about ev­ery­thing that I put in my book,” she says. “It wasn’t some­thing that I wrote overnight. It took me a long time. And not only was it not some­thing that I wrote overnight, it wasn’t some­thing that I just started think­ing about the day that I started to write it. I’ve been think­ing about this for a very, very long time.”

She is con­scious that she has a plat­form and says she asks her­self what it is she wants to put forth into the world. Whether that’s a sec­ond book re­mains to be seen.

“The only thing I can liken it to is preg­nancy and child­birth. I was so sure when I had my first daugh­ter, Birdie, that we were one and done and I was never do­ing it again. And that’s kind of how I feel about my book right now. But, sure enough, I have Cricket, who is my sec­ond child. I’m just not in the busi­ness at this point of say­ing, ‘Never again’ but I think it would take me a minute to fig­ure out what it is that I want to say and what I want to write about.”

I’ve been think­ing about this for a very, very long time.

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