Sarah Jessica Parker on her new movie I Don’t Know How She Does It and doing it all in her own life.

By Karen Borsari
September 15, 2011

Here at SHAPE we got a sneak peak at the new movie I Don't Know How She Does It, starring our October cover girl Olivia Munn! After the film we had the chance to chat with leading lady Sarah Jessica Parker and Allison Pearson, the author of I Don't Know How She Does It. What did we learn? SJP, Ms. Pearson, and many of the women with which we watched the film-moms and not-moms alike-are a lot like Parker's character Kate Reddy. And, Olivia Munn is hilarious!

Kate Reddy (Parker) is an investment banker in Boston bidding for a major client in New York City. In the meantime her husband Richard, played by Greg Kinnear, lands his first job after becoming an independent architect. Throughout the movie Kate and Richard struggle to balance work and raising their two children, Emily and Ben. Kate gets lice, two-year-old Ben hasn't spoken a word, six-year-old Emily has mastered the silent treatment, and not once does Kate's hair look like it's been brushed! And of course there's a borderline inappropriate relationship with Jack, Kate's older boss played by Pierce Brosnan (Mr. Big anyone?). You'll have to see the film to find out what happens, but we will tell you, when Jack signs an e-mail to Reddy "xo, Jack" Momo, Reddy's all-work, no-play assistant, played by Olivia Munn, looks at the camera and says in total deadpan, "Signing an e-mail ‘xo' is like saying please enter me." Hilarious!

So what do SJP and Pearson have to say about doing it all? While Parker acknowledges she has a lot of resources at her disposal, she admits to not always being on top of things, revealing she once showed up to a school meeting in pink slippers because she simply forgot she was wearing them. "There are parts of my life that I am definitely winging it," Parker says, and she relies on "fairy godmothers," her friends who are stay-at-home moms who always seem to be in the know. But not to worry, according to Pearson, "your child only has one mother. And it's you. And that's great. They don' have anyone else to compare you to." Pearson believes it's possible for anyone to balance motherhood and a fulfilling career. In fact, at book signings, she writes, "Babies are the best. Go home and get pregnant." While motherhood might not be for everyone, these two women and Parker's character Kate Reddy show that everything might not be picture perfect, but women can do a heck of a lot and enjoy (almost) every moment of it!