Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Being a Mother Is What Gives Me the Most Joy; ChristinaApplegate Plays It for Laughs in National Lampoon'sVacation.The Actress Tells Jeananne Craig Why Her Young Daughter Definitely Won't Be Watching Her Latest Film Big Screen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Being a Mother Is What Gives Me the Most Joy; ChristinaApplegate Plays It for Laughs in National Lampoon'sVacation.The Actress Tells Jeananne Craig Why Her Young Daughter Definitely Won't Be Watching Her Latest Film Big Screen

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Byline: Jeananne Craig

WHEN she visits New York, Christina Applegate usually enjoys a welcome break from the Hollywood flashbulbs.

"No one ever looks at me or bothers me there, because I never wear make-up and I've always looked really dirty. This," says the Anchorman actress, gesturing to her impeccable hair and make-up, "is an illusion!" On her most recent visit, however, billboards and posters for Applegate's latest film, Vacation, were plastered all over the Big Apple - much to the consternation of her four-year-old daughter, Sadie.

"We'd be on the subway and she'd be like, 'There's mama, again!' It was very bizarre for her," says the star.

"She knows I'm an actress, but she doesn't quite understand what that means."

Young Sadie won't be settling down to watch her mum on screen in Vacation, which also stars Hangover actor Ed Helms and Australian heart-throb Chris Hemsworth, any time soon.

The film has a 15 rating in the UK, and Applegate says her daughter will need to be "32" before she sees it.

"I don't want her to see Mommy say those things," she says with a sigh. "Oh man..."

Vacation is the latest instalment in the rather bawdy National Lampoon's Vacation series (other titles include 1989's Christmas Vacation and 1985's European Vacation), about the exploits of well-meaning patriarch Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family.

I think the key 'is, don't try and change The 2015 reboot sees Clark's now grown-up son Rusty (Helms) surprise his wife Debbie (Applegate) and their two sons with a road trip, to retrace the Griswold family's 1983 cross-country journey to Walley World, a family fun park.

somebody Christina Applegate on the secret to a good relationship "As much as Debbie doesn't want to do this trip, she does it because she loves this man, she sees his exuberance," says Applegate, 43.

"She sees how much he wants it.

And I think that's what a relationship is - sometimes you have to sacrifice your own comfort to give someone else some joy."

Rusty and Debbie's marriage isn't perfect, but Applegate, who is married to Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble, can relate to having to put the work in to keep a relationship strong.

"I think the key is, don't try to change somebody. My husband and I, we talk all the time. It's like, 'I accept you for who you are and you accept me for who I am. I'm 43 years old, I'm not going to become someone different'. He's the same way. 'I'm 46, this is what you've got, you've known me for 25 years, you knew what you were getting into'," she says.

"We're like ships in the night half the time too - we have a four-anda-half year old, I'm gone half the day driving her to gymnastics and play dates and school.

Sometimes you have to check in with each other.

And that's what happening to (Rusty and Debbie), they need to check in. …

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