You might know her as Al from the 90s sitcom Step By Step, the voice of Joyce Kinney on The Family Guy, or from her podcast, The Worst Ever Podcast. But we’re just getting warmed up! Christine Lakin also is a gifted choreographer and recently had her network debut as a director for an episode ofThe Goldbergs. She’s an amazing Renaissance woman, and we were thrilled to talk with her about her weirdest entertainment gig, laundry math and a very proud parenting moment.
You are one busy woman! Out of all your roles in the entertainment world, including acting, directing, producing, hosting and more, do you have a favorite?
It changes. Right now, directing is my favorite. Probably because it’s a newer career I’ve recently delved into. After directing an episode of The Goldbergs this past fall, I’m itching to get back in the director’s seat again!
What’s the oddest job you’ve had in the entertainment industry?
Before I started directing, I was choreographing for film and television and I’d end up doing some really wacky things. A High School Vampire musical based off West Side Story, a flash mob proposal with doctors in a park, fairy dances on True Blood, New Kids on the Block moves from the 90’s… I’ve done it all.
You recently had your second child. What’s surprised you most about the transition from having one child to two children?
The amount of laundry and poop I deal with on a daily basis! Somehow the laundry tripled?!? I don’t understand the math. We potty trained just before Baylor was born so we have tiny potties all over the house. We also have two dogs, so it just feels like there’s constant poop to be handled.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Dog poop detail. Also folding laundry. And, I cook a lot, which I love doing, but I HATE making the grocery lists and being the executive chef of the household. Just tell me what to cook and I’ll get it. I don’t have time to research new recipes at this stage in my life.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Take a bath. Exercise. Get my nails done. Watch crappy TV in bed with a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning.
What is your best parenting hack?
My toddler is a very picky eater. Whose isn’t, really? The amount of macaroni and cheese we make in this house is crazy. I buy canned butternut squash and sweet potato and add that to the favorite dish. At least there’s a vegetable included!
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What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
“If we go downstairs before Santa has finished his work, he might get scared and run away and forget to leave the presents.” I said that when my daughter woke up at 5am on Christmas morning.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
My daughter and I were sitting in preschool, singing morning songs during circle time. An older sibling came in with her sister and she was having a tough time—she’d been crying and was curled up in her mom’s lap. I watched my daughter notice her, slide over to this older girl, and comfort her. I nearly cried.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Be kind, work hard, and don’t take anything for granted.
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What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Breathe deep and experience the moments. Wine helps.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
It’s a struggle. Balancing work and home duties and kid activities and marriage and all the other adulting work we have these days is really taxing. I leave work at the door as often as I can. I try very hard to be present when I’m home, especially on the days I’m not working. We have a standing date night once a week and Sundays are reserved for family outings or long walks and movie night.
What was the last book you read?
The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson. Non-fiction about the world’s predatory superbugs. YIKES! The last good fiction I read was Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I love her writing.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Kindri Face oil and Avocado Smoothie night cream
Favorite Form of Exercise:
What is on your DVR?
All the Housewives, the news (yes, in that order), The Goldbergs, Below Deck, High Maintenance, Schooled, Barry and The Kardashians.
Shipt & Amazon (can you tell I’m a mom??)
Favorite Kids Store:
My friend’s closets. I’m a big hand-me-down person. But I also like Zara kids and The Gap.