'The Goldbergs' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey on How to Be a Master Smother

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"The Goldbergs" is ABC's '80s-tastic retro comedy (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.), and star Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") has fully embraced the decade. If you haven't met Beverly Goldberg, consider this an introduction:

Beyond the look, Beverly Goldberg is also a master at smothering her three delicious kids. Yahoo TV caught up with McLendon-Covey to get Bev's motherhood advice and to chat a bit about what's coming up this season.

Beverly Goldberg's Top 5 tips for being a good smother, as told by Wendi McLendon-Covey:
1. First of all, your kids are never too old to have a note in their lunch from mom telling them how delicious they are and how lucky they are to have you as their mom.

2. Never let your child do anything remotely uncomfortable or do anything that they don't want to do. If they don't want to do it, you will write them a note getting them out of it. And if the note doesn't work, you will storm down to the school and make somebody cry.

3. No one needs a girlfriend of a boyfriend when they have you. You can satisfy all needs. And you're a real good hugger.

4. Scrapbooking is one of the most fun things you can do with your mom. It is fun to reminisce over the same memories and photos — every weekend, if you want to! Just keep looking at the same photos and telling the same stories. Just keep doing it. And then once you've done it, do it again. And then repeat.

5. Did you know that Mother's Day is coming? It only comes once a year, and wouldn't it be nice if you started saving your allowance now? Not that I need anything... just a homemade card is enough. But wouldn't it be nice, for the woman who has sacrificed absolutely everything, to buy her a little something. Again, not that I need anything. But I really do everything around here.

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Amazing. And in case you're wondering, McLendon-Covey has no problem admitting that she and Beverly are a bit alike, saying that she cried while they filmed the episode where Beverly teaches her youngest child Adam (Sean Giambrone) how to dance. "I cried when we were filming it — I just love Sean so much. He's just a little baby angel. And delicious! That poor kid, he's such a good sport. Every time he reads something I say, he's probably hiding under the bed like, 'I don't wanna go back to work! I don't want to work with that weird lady!'"

Watch Barry Goldberg's Big Tasty music video:

Here's a bit more scoop from McLendon-Covey on what's coming up next, and what the real Beverly Goldberg thinks of the show:

What's a smother to do when one of her kids leaves the nest?
Erica's going to start applying to colleges, and Bev tries to actively keep her local. And then tries to say, "Well you know, I never finished college... why don't I apply and we can be roommates." Which I think she actually tried to do — the real Bev — I think she tried to do that with Adam. That comes from somewhere.

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Yeah, it's important to note that these are real people — this is really based on Adam Goldberg's family, names not even changed to protect the innocent!
Yes, and I've met his brother and I've met his mom, and I think we're nailing it, if not taking it down a few notches. When I met her, we'd already been filming — we already had at least 10 episodes in the can — so I was afraid that she was going to come up to me and rip me a new one and tell me she didn't like it, and at that point it was going to be too late for me to change my performance. But she's intense — she's quite intense — but luckily she liked me and likes the performance. You know, I don't want to make fun of her — I get this woman! I want people to be sympathetic towards her. This woman loves her kids so much she'll make a fool of herself. Luckily she saw it that way, and she was very encouraging.

Did you have any smother experiences of your own?
Oh yeah. In this week's episode, Bev is convinced that Erica is on drugs because she's been reading her diary, and she is just distraught, even eavesdropping through air vents, which my mother did to me. [Laughs.] That's why that's happening — I told that story and they used it.

"The Goldbergs" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.