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.” —AP