It’s no secret that when it comes to being a mom, there’s plenty of crap to balance. Kids, careers, partners, the household… the list goes on and on and on. Increasingly, there’s also a pressure to DO it all, and it’s left plenty of frazzled mums stressed out, and on a strict diet of coffee and wine.
No one gets that more than JoAnna Garcia Swisher, one of the stars of fall’s new series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV). On the show Swisher plays Amy, an engineer, a widower, a mother and the twin sister to the title character Kevin (Jason Ritter), who is dealing with a few mental issues of his own when he moves in with his sis.
In real life, Swisher is quick to point out that she has a supportive husband and doesn’t have to go at it alone, but with two little girls to care for and a thriving career, she certainly feels that universal mom pressure to do it all.
“But you can’t do it all, every mom would agree,” she tells us. “The biggest thing is that when you can finally give that idea up, that’s when you can enjoy motherhood and how beautiful and challenging and messy and rewarding it all can be.”
Sounds like sound advice from the Bad Moms gospel if you ask us. Fancy that — just giving into the idea that you have to make some choices, and that being supermom (or superdad) just isn’t a realistic goal. Now this is something we can get behind.
“I only hope that my girls look at me one day and, even though I may be at work for long hours here and there, that they can say they’re really proud of me because I maintained my career,” Swisher continues. “It’s something that’s really important for me and I’ve worked really hard for what I do.”
It definitely looks like her hard work is paying off. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World has been a steady new series this fall, but even before that Swisher has made a name for herself on shows like Once Upon a Time and Reba. Here’s Swisher’s real secret though: family still comes first. In fact, had she not invested so much time with her fam-jam, she admits that none of this other stuff would even be possible.
“The thing I work hardest at is my family,” she says. “My relationship with my husband (former MLB player Nick Swisher) is the most important thing. He and my family; we’re so blessed to have them. When you start there and nurture that, the support sort of comes with it (God willing!) and that is the only way that I could have the other stuff too.”
Perhaps Amy could take a page out of Swisher’s book. We’re still delving into the character on the series, but from the sounds of things she could definitely use her family right about now. Luckily, the show is as feel-good as it is funny and dramatic. Those are through-lines of all our lives, and ones that appealed to Swisher in particular when she first signed on for the role.
“The show is very much about surviving and dealing with the realities that life sort of brings your way, and how you’re going to do it all,” she says. “Amy really does have her heart set on the idea of having this family — what little family they have left — stay together. It means a lot to her. So her journey is not going to be one that’s easy, and I’m sure it’s going to be a little soul-bearing, but it’s going to be really meaningful.”
In other words, motherhood in a nutshell.