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'24' Star Mary Lynn Rajskub on Motherhood: 'It's Not Fun!'

Tue, July 27, 2010 3:50pm EDT by Add first Comment

The actress had such a hard time when her son was born that she decided to write a one-woman comedy show about it.

Mary Lynn Rajskub is saying something that most moms would never admit out loud. There are times when being a mom totally sucks! The actress best known for playing Jack Bauer’s loyal computer tech Chloe in 24, is returning to her comedic root with a one-woman show that chronicles her struggles with motherhood.

In Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs, the mom of 23-month-old Valentine Anthony Rolph opens up about pregnancy and how hard she found being a first-time mom.

“When the baby was first born I was not having a good time with it. I didn’t really enjoy it, and I think that that’s a pretty common thing,” she tells TV Squad. “Because it’s a very conflicted time, the baby is beautiful and amazing, but it’s also not fun. It changes your life and you’re not sleeping.”

But instead of complaining about it, the 39-year-old started writing. And now, she’s trying to use the experience to make people laugh. “I thought that ‘I can’t be the only one who is having a miserable time,’ so I took some notes and made comedy out of it. I ended up writing a show about that, starting from a place of all the conflicts that happen when you love your baby. I don’t think anyone is ever really ready for it, and I don’t think you can ever really plan for it, no matter which point you’re at in your life, so I wanted to talk about it.”

The resulting show, which opened last week at LA’s Steve Allen Theater to some solid reviews, doesn’t pull any punches about what it’s like having a child. “Once you have a kid,” Mary Lynn says, “all the clichés are kind of true. Everything else, I wouldn’t say takes a backseat, I will always work and that’s very important to me, or me being a happy person, but all the things that you were worried about in the past, nothing comes even close to the amount of responsibility you have being in charge of a human being.”

Except for maybe saving the world…