Did you manage to have a yes day during the pandemic?
We did, and it took some planning. One of the things we always do is go to a place where the kids can decorate a cake, so I got a takeout version and we did it at home. I had a tent ready to go and they did my hair and makeup, made me look goofy and [made me do] a drive-through. Then we watched episodes of The Office and stayed up late. It felt great to say yes in the year of no.
What has this past year been like for you and your kids?
We’ve been in Los Angeles, and I feel lucky because we’ve stayed healthy. There have been silver linings: once you have teenagers and they’re so busy and gone from morning to night, just to have them at home has been a blessing. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how special this year has been for that reason, even though they’re all desperate to get away from me now [laughs].
You’ve done a lot of great work with Save the Children. What are you most looking forward to doing when lockdown is over?
This year, people have really seen us as a resource with boots on the ground for children in rural America. We’ve been able to reach nine times as many families and we’ve been feeding kids. Now, I’m eager to get back on the road, do some site visits and see what’s happening.
Up next, will we see you in the sci-fi film The Adam Project and the comedy Family Leave?
I’m starting The Adam Project—it’s beautiful, I love the role and I get to work with [my 13 Going on 30 co-star] Mark Ruffalo again, and with Ryan Reynolds. And then the same team that made Yes Day will make Family Leave. It’s [adapted from] another Amy Krouse Rosenthal book called Bedtime for Mommy. It’s so much fun and something we’ll shoot for Netflix hopefully this year.
Yes Day begins streaming on Netflix March 12.