“Most narratives of motherhood were just that it’s all picture-perfect, this show shook things up”: Nikki Duval on Workin’ Moms season seven
It felt for a long time, both in society and in the culture that reflected it back, like the reality of motherhood was never fully acknowledged. And even today, where ostensibly much has progressed from the 1950s archetype of the “perfect” mother and housewife, unrealistic expectations of “having it all” abound. Thank god, then, for the likes of Workin’ Moms, the Canadian take on a similar vein to British export Motherland, where the highs and lows of parenting and working, and generally surviving life by hook or by crook with kiddywinks in tow, are played up for laughs. Created by Catherine Reitman, who also stars, what sets Workin’ Moms apart is its bravery in finding those taboo topics that surround modern-day motherhood, and not only prodding at them but taking a sledgehammer to them, making for many a moment of cringeworthy hilarity. There’s also cathartic relief in hearing someone else say what might otherwise be considered unsayable, like Frankie Coyne’s idea of the “brain-dead vacation” in the opening episode, just to escape the daily grind.
With the series now into its seventh and final season, The Upcoming heard from actress Nikki Duval, who plays Rosie Philipps, about her time on the hit show, including some of the most hilarious moments on-set and the powerful messages conveyed. Duval discussed working with Reitman, whom she describes as a comedic genius and a source of inspiration, and how the show breaks barriers in portraying the realities of motherhood, empowering women by showcasing flawed, relatable characters. The actress also spoke about the overwhelming support from fans, especially mothers who find solace in the series’s depiction of the everyday struggles women face, and the importance of female-led storytelling, which hopefully TV like Workin’ Moms has paved the way for.
Workin’ Moms is released on Netflix on 26th April 2023.
Watch the trailer for Workin’ Moms here: