I was given the great opportunity to chat with Megyn Price from the hilarious CBS show Rules of Engagement.
She plays Audrey and was formerly Claudia from Grounded for Life, two shows that I have followed since day one! This interview was more than just a tennis match of easy questions. It was a thoughtful interaction between mothers about the show, being a working mom, and being kinder to yourself.
Megyn Price is Another Hard Working Mom
Home life is the most important thing to Megyn, and she wants to be a part of it, which is why she does not hire round-the-clock help like many actors do. It leads to detachment from the home, and when either husband or wife is detached, the home has the potential to fall apart.
Megyn and her husband are a great team and make their schedules work so that the family can function as a strong unit. It is a testament to the strong family values that Megyn and her husband have and are instilling in their daughter.
Aside from working in Hollywood, her life is no different from every other working mom. She still struggles with schedule planning, keeping a clean house, and finding the perfect sitter. However, Megyn does not believe she is trying to achieve a perfect balance. Balance does not exist for any mother; you just get better at doing what you can and celebrating a job done.
Organic Gardening and a Love of Vegetables
Megyn has a love of gardening and grows her own organic vegetables in her yard. She does have to occasionally share her fresh veggies with deer, rabbits, and squirrels – something her daughter gets a huge kick out of. To make up for it, she joined a community supported agriculture group where every week she buys a box of organic produce from local people and farmers that have contributed to the group.
I asked what her favorite meal to make is, and she gave me an amazing soup recipe. She has been battling a cold that she picked up from her 3-year-old daughter – and was still gracious enough to sit for the interview – and this soup has been a constant for the family to feel better.
She sautés whatever vegetables she has- so maybe some carrots, beets, celery, and a few other aromatic vegetables. Then, she adds water and a bunch of kale, and at the very end she melts miso with some hot water and mixes it into the soup.
“I swear, it’s so healing. It just – it feels like medicine for dinner,” she exclaimed. I made the soup to try it out, and it is so delicious! The perfect winter soup!
Celebrating Women and Mothers and Giving up on Perfection
I connected with Megyn as a woman and a mother. She said it is so important for women to celebrate themselves and to stop being so hard on themselves and one another all the time. Women need to be grateful for what they can do, what they have done, and not so much on what they have not done or cannot do at the moment. Point taken on my end.
Megyn inspired me to be kinder and better to myself. Now, when I watch her on TV, I will no longer see “Claudia the Hot Mom” or “Audrey the Perfectionist,” but I will see another mother and another wife that is doing her very best to love her husband, her child, and herself.
Next on Rules of Engagement
The next episode deals with Audrey running into an old and successful college friend. She is embarrassed about being out of the magazine and being a hostess at her new favorite restaurant. That constant womanly competition is something that many of us can relate to. The amazing writers turn a complex and real situation into something hilarious yet again. If you have not seen the show yet, tune in on Mondays at 8:30pm/7:30 Central.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is a comedy about the different phases of male/female relationships, as seen through the eyes of a newly engaged couple, Adam (Oliver Hudson) and Jennifer (Bianca Kajlich), a long-time married pair, Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price), and a single guy on the prowl, Russell (David Spade). As they find out, the often confusing stages of a relationship can seem like being on a roller coaster. People can describe the ride to you, but to really know what it’s like, you have to experience it for yourself.