Busy Philipps on motherhood, having it all and her new late night gig

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, we recently caught up with one of the busiest moms we know -- Busy Philipps. Not only is Busy a mom to two little girls, she also has a successful acting career, having most recently starred in Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty," and is a soon-to-be late night television host. We chatted with the star about what her favorite affordable luxuries, why having it all isn't realistic and what's to come on her talk show on E!, "Busy Tonight."

AOL: Chocolate always seems to be the no-brainer Mother's Day gift. You recently partnered up with Godiva Masterpieces, why did it feel like a good fit for you?

BUSY: I am a real chocolate lover. I am just one of those people who need it every day. So when Godiva reached out to ask if I wanted to help them launch Masterpieces I was like, “Are you out of your mind? Yes, can I get all of the chocolate?” But I loved it too, because I love Godiva and now it's available at Target or the grocery story in the chocolate aisle. I am obsessed with the Dark Chocolate Ganache Hearts.

Besides Masterpieces, what are some of your other go-to affordable luxuries? 

I am basically obsessed with sheet masks, oh and epsom salts! Okay this is my perfect night: my kids are asleep, I have an epsom salt bath -- I love Dr. Teal's epsom salts with lavender -- I put on a sheet mask and have dark chocolate Godiva Masterpieces. That's like my perfect night. I'm going to be doing THAT on Mother's Day.

That sounds like a dream evening. What are some of your favorite gifts that you've received from your daughters (Birdie and Cricket) on Mother's Day?

Birdie made me a really cute collage, just like pictures and stuff. Cricket made me a little flower vase at school that was like a decoupage little jar that she designed and made -- it was really sweet. From my girls, I want homemade stuff and then I want either [my husband] Mark or myself to get myself something really nice. 

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What is your favorite part about being a mom and what have you found to be the most challenging part of motherhood?

I mean, it's incomparable. [Motherhood] breaks you open in a way you never thought possible, and opens your heart and teaches you a love you never knew, but also the challenges are innumerous. You know, so much of motherhood is doing motherhood. And it's not just having children, it's all of the work you have to do to have the children, and the mundane everyday tasks can wear a person down. I think that people don't understand until they have children, especially women and especially mothers -- and not taking anything away from fathers - but there's a part of your brain that is never allowed to shut down when you're a mother. Because from the time the children are born, you’re always preoccupied with keeping them alive and happy and well fed.

If you’re attempting to be a parent that is parenting AND working, it can be really stressful. And there are days where it feels like you're failing your kids and you're failing your job, or your killing it at your job and you’re failing your children, or you’re showing up for your kids but you miss your meetings. It's like a never ending cycle of trying to balance it. 

I think the idea of having it all is such bullsh*t. Like you can have all of it a little bit at a time, but you can’t just have all of it all of the time. I have a ton of help -- I've hired help. No one is an island and if they are, I'd like to meet them.

It was recently announced that you’re getting your own late night show on E!, "Busy Tonight." What can you tell us about it?

I'm really thrilled and so excited and from the response in the last week, it's been so overwhelming in a positive way. It has really boosted my confidence in just jumping into something that is more or less unfamiliar territory for me. We're really hopeful we will be able to build a show that people will enjoy and want to watch, and I'm very excited to have all of my friends come on and talk to me about their projects and their lives.

I am so excited to tune in and to be able to watch another woman join the small group of mostly male late night hosts!

You know, in the last several years, people have approached me about hosting cooking shows or daytime shows or what have you, and I just felt like I have a very strong voice and a perspective, and people have really responded to that via my Instagram stories and my personality that comes through on social media. And I just felt like the best application for that would be in a night time space. Representation matters and I do believe that there is way more room for more women and humans of color to have voices and to be in this world, and so I'm very excited to be one of them.

Busy Philipps over the years

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Busy Philipps during 'Man on the Moon' - Hollywood Premiere at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- 1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly, James Franco as Daniel Desario (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- 1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir, Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Colin Hanks and Busy Philipps (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during The Smokers Premiere at The Green Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during 'K-19: The Widowmaker' Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Busy Philipps (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during The World Premiere of 'Bruce Almighty' at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during 'White Chicks' Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during Conde Nast Traveler Hot Nights Los Angeles - Red Carpet at Spider Club in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 30: Actress Busy Philipps poses at the Dogswell Dog Treats Presents: The Fourth Annual Much Love Animal Rescue Bow Wow Ween on October 30, 2005 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Much Love is a non-profit, no kill charity that finds homes for dogs and cats about to be terminated at Los Angeles area animal shelters. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Busy Philipps (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
ER -- 'Breach of Trust' Episode 12 -- Air Date 11/08/2006 -- Pictured: Busy Philipps as Hope Bobeck (Photo by Greg Gayne/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LIGWANGWA, MALAWI - OCTOBER 3: Actress Busy Philipps meets the oldest lady in the Ligwangwa village October 3, 2007 in Ligwangwa, Malawi. In an effort to spread hope, education, love and protection to the children, the HELP Malawi Foundation has partnered with Wilderness Safaris to build schools in rural areas that surround Malawai's National Parks. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for HELP Malawai Foundation)
Busy Philipps during 'Blades Of Glory' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Busy Philipps arrives at A Pea in the Pod Fashion Show and Book Party for the Hot Moms Club on April 2, 2008 at Pea in the Pod in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Busy Philipps attends the launch of Propr's Darfur Shirt at Propr Store on December 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Busy Philipps arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 -- Photo by: Vince Bucci/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
COUGAR TOWN - 'Baby's a Rock 'N' Roller' - Jules and Ellie differ on whether it's more difficult to raise a baby in your 40s than in your 20s, on ABC's 'Cougar Town,' WEDNESDAY, XXXXX (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Ellie tricks Jules into watching Baby Stan on her own for a day, but Jules is determined to prove how easy it s... especially when she's roped in Grayson to help. Meanwhile, Bobby's given the chance to play golf for free in order to train for his upcoming tournament, as long as he tees off before 6:00 a.m., and Andy volunteers to be Laurie's wingman as she puts herself back out there after her split with Smith. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)BUSY PHILIPPS
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actress Busy Philipps attends the Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet holiday party for Baby Buggy at The London on December 12, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Busy Philipps onstage at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announcement at Pacific Design Center on December 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Busy Philipps visits SiriusXM Studios on December 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Busy Philipps attends Baby2Baby Holiday Party Presented By The Honest Company at Baby2Baby Headquarters on December 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Busy Philipps attends the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Busy Philipps attends the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Busy Philipps visits at SiriusXM Studio on December 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Busy Philipps atttends the Premiere Of STX Films' 'I Feel Pretty' at Westwood Village Theatre on April 17, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actress Busy Philipps sips Three Olives Ros�Vodka at The Standard East Village in NYC on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Three Olives)
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