Why Mom actress Allison Janney doesn't regret having kids: 'I think I’ll be just fine'

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Allison Janney opened up about her status as a happily single woman in a candid interview on The Drew Barrymore Show earlier this week. (CREDIT: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
Allison Janney opened up about her status as a happily single woman in a candid interview on The Drew Barrymore Show earlier this week. (CREDIT: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

She plays a sober mother trying to get her life together in the TV sitcom Mom, but American actress Allison Janney has no regrets about not being one in real life. 

Speaking to talk show host Drew Barrymore, the veteran actress says she was never quite sure she wanted kids. 

“I think if I would’ve found the right guy at the right time who wanted to have kids, I probably would have with the right partner because I wasn’t ever really confident I wanted to have kids,” she says. 

“I’d rather regret not having kids than have kids and regret that. I’m OK with it.”

Though it’s too late to start a family of her own, the 61-year-old award-winning actress says she’s still open to finding love.

“I’d love to eventually find someone to share my life with, but if it doesn't happen, I think I'll be just fine.” 

Allison has had several serious relationships throughout her life. She was engaged to actor Richard Jenik (53), but the pair split in 2006. She loves being single, she says, and has been using the time alone to discover herself. 

While chatting with Drew, who launched her talk show in September last year, the Bad Education actress also opened up about letting her hair go grey. 

“I cannot tell you how amazing it is to feel free. Free from hair colour and hair extensions and hair tape and blah blah blah. To be able to run my hands through my hair and hopefully sometime a man will be able to run his hands through my hair and just appreciate it. It’s heaven,” she says. 

Earlier this year CBS network announced the cancellation of Mom, the sitcom in which Allison has plays plucky Bonnie Plunkett. The news came as a surprise to the cast, she says.

"We thought, 'Surely, they're gonna want more Mom.' And they decided not. I wish we'd had at least another year for the writers to have time to ramp up to the ending." 

While she recognizes there were likely "many reasons" behind the decision to axe the sitcom, she told British talk show host James Corden she thinks most of them are probably money related. 

For now, Allison is making the best of her time on set.

“I'm having a lot of moments where I'm just standing on set, taking it in and looking at all the faces I've looked at for eight years." 

Sources: people.com, etonline.com, huffpost.com, eonline.com 

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