The Bad Moms costars recall mornings when they both let their parenting guard down a bit so they could stay in bed. Bell, who is married to Dax Shepard and mom to daughters Lincoln, 3, and Delta, 19 months, was in a related situation recently when the family stayed in a hotel.
“[My baby] woke up at 6 in the morning and my husband, the toddler and I all pretended to be asleep for probably 30 or 40 minutes,” the Veronica Mars alum, 36, tells PEOPLE.
“And finally, I hear the baby reaching towards my purse and going, ‘Mama, mama … bar, please, please. Bar.’
“I got up, handed her the Greens Bar — it’s a healthy bar she can eat — I opened it up, gave it to her in the crib and went back to bed. And we all woke up around 8.”
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“A few days ago, I was so tired — I’d been sick for like three months,” she tells PEOPLE. “I just said, ‘Yeah, can you reach it?’ “
These real-life moms join Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo in the comedy about a group of moms who decide to stop trying to be the perfect parents and instead let loose and have a little fun.
“None of these things are bad,” Applegate says. “We’re in survival mode half the time.”
Bad Moms hits theaters Friday nationwide.
— Mia McNiece