Alicia Silverstone opens up about motherhood after divorce filing

Alicia Silverstone is one proud mom. The actress opened up about motherhood during the premiere of her new show American Woman in West Hollywood on Thursday, May 31.

“The whole idea is that you love and attach to them so much so that they’re free to be and leave. It’s heartbreaking, but you have to,” the actress exclusively told Us Weekly of the day her son, Bear, grows up. “My kid’s so fiercely independent because he was right here all the time,” she added, pointing to her heart. “He’s so great.”

On whether she’s a protective parent, she replied: “I think I’m really just a mommy. It’s hard to know if you’re doing something wrong.”

Silverstone, 41, portrays Bonnie Nolan in the new Paramount Network series, a mom who is raising her children while struggling with a divorce and focusing on her career. The Clueless star herself just filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Chris Jarecki, earlier this month.

The exes announced their split in February after 20 years together and Silverstone filed for divorce earlier this week. They welcomed Bear, now 7, in 2011.

“I’m always bringing all of myself to every single part that I play, because obviously that’s what I love to do,” Silverstone told Us. “I read the script and loved the story and thought it was great … I just fell in love with the role, I thought, ‘What an incredible role for an actress to do, to get to be so many different things and to get to be so strong and so vulnerable.’ She goes through so much and she’s just fighting for her life.”

American Woman is inspired by the childhood of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards.

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Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki together through the years
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Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki together through the years
Actress Alicia Silverstone and boyfriend Christopher Jarecki attend PETA Honors the Animal Rights Movement on September 18, 1999 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Christopher Jarecki (L) and actress Alicia Silverstone arrives on the red carpet of the Los Angeles Premiere Of 'Tropic Thunder' at the Mann's Village Theater on August 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of 'Tropic Thunder' at the Mann's Village Theater on August 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 26: Actress Alicia Silverstone with fiance Christopher Jarecki during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 26, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: Alicia Silverstone and her husband Christopher Jarecki arrive at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures 'Pineapple Express' at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Musician Christopher Jarecki and Alicia Silverstone, arrive at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Pineapple Express' on July 31, 2008 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 25: Actress Alicia Silverstone and her husband Christopher Jarecki during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 25, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Alicia Silverstone (L) and Christopher Jarecki (R) attend the Los Angeles Lakers against Phoenix Suns game at the Staples Center on December 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Actress Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki arrive at the Conde Nast Media Group's 2007 Movies Rock at the Kodak Theater on December 2, 2007 in Hollywood, California.
Actress Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki arrive at Movies Rock, a celebration of music and film, held at the Kodak theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - JULY 21: Actress Alicia Silverstone (center) and husband Christopher Jarecki (right) arrives at the LA Galaxy vs. Chelsea FC Football Match at the Home Depot Center on July 21, 2007 in Carson, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 02: Actors Alicia Silverstone (R) and Christopher Jarecki attend the 'Movies Rock' A Celebration Of Music In Film after party held at the Boulevard3 on December 2, 2007 in Hollywood, California. Movies Rock will be broadcast December 7, 2007 on CBS. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Conde Nast Media Group)
- DECEMBER 5: Christopher Jarecki and Alicia Silverstone attend Stella McCartney's Store Christmas Lighting Hosted By Kanye West at Beverly Hills on December 5, 2006. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki arrive at the Special Presentation of 'Babel' held at Mann Village Theater in Westwood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 8: Christopher Jarecki and Alicia Silverstone at the after party for the Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning David Mamet's play 'Boston Marriage' at the Palomino Restaurant on February 8, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Alicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 14: Alicia Silverstone and her boyfriend, musician Christopher Jarecki, are present at the opening night party for the revival of the play 'The Elephant Man' at Tavern on the Green. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Alicia Silverstone & Christopher Jarecki during 11th Annual Environmental Media Awards at Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki during 'Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki during 'Moulin Rouge' Los Angeles Premiere at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki during PETA 20th Anniversary Party at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone and christopher Jarecki at the premiere of 'Me, Myself & Irene' at the Village Theater in Westwood, Ca. on 6/15/00
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki during 6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki during 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Alicia Silverstone and boyfriend Christopher Jarecki attend The Talented Mr. Ripley Westwood Premiere on December 12, 1999 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Alicia Silverstone and boyfriend Christopher Jarecki attend PETA's 20th Anniversary Bash on September 13, 2000 at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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