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Julie Bowen Is Shocked When Her Sons Call Her 'Mom' — 'It Was Harder To Get My Driver's License Than Give Birth!'

Thu, October 14, 2010 2:18pm EDT by Add first Comment

WireImageModern Family‘s Julie Bowen has three sons but she still can’t believe that she’s actually somebody’s mommy! Do you ever feel that way, HollyMoms?

Julie Bowen is as funny in real-life as she is on-screen. The 40-year-old, who plays Claire Dunphy on the Emmy award-winning comedy Modern Family, is a mom of three (Oliver, 3½, and twins John and Gus, 17 months), but she admits she still can’t get the hang of this whole Mom thing. “It was harder to get my driver’s license than to get pregnant and give birth,” she exclaims to Parade magazine. “Then you go home with them and you’re like, ‘Are you kidding?! I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I’m still in shock every time my 3-year-old goes ‘MOM!’ I’m like, ‘ME???’”

Julie Bowen’s son Oliver loves Richard Scarry books!

The funny lady and self-described tomboy says that being in a house full of men, which includes her husband Scott Phillips, comes naturally to her — except for one thing! “I’m managing to keep up with my three boys pretty well, but the 3-year-old is starting to be obsessed with his man parts, and that’s a revelation.” Time for Daddy to step in!

But jokes aside, Julie’s main concern is protecting her children. She is the spokesperson for the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza campaign and has gotten all of her kids vaccinated. “My sister, Annie, is an infectious-disease doctor, and she’s adamant about vaccinations. I always get a flu shot, and this year all my kids will be vaccinated,” Julie says. “An estimated 226,000 people are hospitalized with the flu every year, and thousands die. I don’t want to have to worry. I have so much on my plate that if I can take one thing off it with just a shot, I’m down with it.”

–Leigh Blickley