Be­ing me

Rotorua Daily Post - - Feature -

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

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