Allergies Are No Laughing Matter for Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen and her “Modern Family” character, Claire Dunphy, have three things in common: They have three children, are passionate about their families and will stop at nothing to make their little ones feel protected, happy and safe

by Ilyssa Panitz • More.com Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: www.Anaphylaxis101.com

More: How would you rate yourself as a working mom?
JB: I am doing better than I thought I would. Much to my surprise, I do have instincts. I didn’t have great baby instincts, and I definitely needed people to tell me what to do. I mean, they hand you a baby and you are like, What, what do I do? But now that they are grown, I give myself a 6 out of 10. I am also getting better at saying no to stuff. I hate saying no, because I know someone is going to hate me and I’ll feel as if I let someone down.

More: You carry immense pressure of family and career.
JB: When we are filming the show, I don’t think of how many people are watching our program. If anything, the balance is the extras, like doing publicity or promoting a good cause like Anaphylaxis101.com. At 8 p.m., when my kids collapse, so do I.

More: No wild parties?
JB: As I am driving home, I take out a box of wet makeup-remover wipes, take off my makeup and eyelashes and throw them all in the box. By the time I get home, I look completely unglamorized. From there I kiss my children, brush my teeth and crawl into bed for the evening.   

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