On the Tuesday episode of Anna Faris' Unqualified podcast, she thanked Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly for being so vocal about children's healthcare

By Jen Juneau
January 31, 2018 01:15 PM

Anna Faris and Jimmy Kimmel both have a knack for comedy, but their similarities don’t end there.

The stars connected on the Tuesday episode of Faris’ Unqualified podcast, where they — along with Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney — opened up about their sons’ respective health battles.

“When Jack was born two months early, it came as a huge shock,” Faris, 41, says of her 5-year-old son with ex Chris Pratt. “And suddenly, your world completely shifts.”

“The doctors and nurses that helped us and surrounded us were so unbelievably supportive that it inspired Chris and I to get involved in this,” adds the actress of supporting GAPPS — an organization that, according to its website,”strives to reduce the burden of preterm birth and stillbirth by advancing collaborative research to identify, develop, and implement evidence-based solutions.”

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Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney join Anna Faris for an episode of her Unqualified podcast
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The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, 50, and his wife also gave an update on their 9-month-old son William “Billy” John, who underwent a second successful heart surgery in December.

“Billy’s great,” says McNearney, 39. “He had his second surgery and he’ll have one more when he’s older. It was tough.”

“But kids are so resilient — he had open-heart surgery on a Monday and we were home on Friday,” adds the mother of two (she and Kimmel also share daughter Jane, 3½, while Kimmel is dad to Kevin, 24, and Katie, 26).

“Jack had a few surgeries — he had a few hernia surgeries, he’s had a few eye surgeries and he had a little heart issue as well,” reveals Faris.

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Anna Faris, son Jack and Chris Pratt
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The Mom star thanked Kimmel and McNearney for being so open about their son’s condition and championing for better access to pediatric and maternal healthcare.

“It’s been incredibly moving,” Faris tells the couple. “I really appreciate how vocal you’ve been.”

“Thank you. We have no choice,” Kimmel says.