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Julie Bowen

In September 2011, Julie Bowen, who's won an Emmy for her role of frazzled mom of three Claire Dunphy on the hit series “Modern Family,” admitted her secret to understanding her character to Us Weekly. "If I wasn't a mom, I think it'd be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once," said Bowen, who is real-life mom to 5-year-old Oliver and nearly-3-year-old twins Gus and John. "Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine. There's always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn't mind if a giant hook just pulled them off the stage of my life! I think that's how Claire feels."

Celebs Who've Dared to Say There’s More to Life Than Their Kids

Celebrities love to gush over their children, insisting that parenthood is their greatest role they’ve ever gotten, best job they’ve ever had, and most amazing thing they’ve ever experienced. Once in a while, however, a star admits that being a mom or dad isn’t everything, that they wouldn’t want to be at home with the kids all day or that – gasp – there are times when it’s not fun.