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Bay St. Louis native's twins make big screen debut in 'Bad Moms'

PHOTO COURTESY JESSICA FAVRE 
 Bay St. Louis native Jessica Favre with her twins, Reid and Riley Brown.
PHOTO COURTESY JESSICA FAVRE Bay St. Louis native Jessica Favre with her twins, Reid and Riley Brown.

SLIDELL -- Bay St. Louis native Jessica Favre said she has no ambition to be the next Kris Jenner, the popular "momager" and mother to all things Kardashian -- Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob, as well as daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

But that doesn't mean she does not have any experience with being a showbiz mom. Favre's twins, Reid and Riley Brown, will be making their big-screen debut July 29 when the comedy "Bad Moms" hits theaters.

In the film, the Brown twins, who are 13 months old, play the twins of one of the film's stars, Kristen Bell.

"Bad Moms" is the latest comedy from writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the duo who penned "The Hangover" trilogy. It is the story of mothers, played by Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn, who temporarily ditch their maternal responsibilities. It began filming in New Orleans in January.

Facebook calling

Favre, a 2007 graduate of Bay High who lives in Slidell, said she found the film's production company on Facebook.

"Someone tagged me in a post on Facebook that said the casting company was looking for 6-month-old twins," she said. "My twins were a little older, but I sent them some pictures and about a week later we got a call back saying the directors thought they were adorable."

She said she learned in December the twins got the role, and they arrived on set in New Orleans in February to begin filming their scenes.

"We filmed for four days," Favre said. "They said they may need some more, but we got all of their scenes done in four days."

Method acting

Once on set, Favre said Lucas and Moore, who also directed the film, were very relaxed with Reid and Riley.

"They were very nice," she said. "We didn't have early calls but we did have to sit around and wait, but they took really good care of us."

Favre said her babies had to do a bit of method acting on their first day on the set.

"On the first day, they were in great moods, and they were smiling and happy, but they wanted them to cry because Kristen was really stressed out in the scene," she said. "My job is to make them not cry, so we had to take their pacifiers and I had to get where they couldn't see me -- it was nerve-wracking."

The twins did most of their scenes at Ursuline Academy, a private all-girls school on State Street, Favre said.

Motherly instincts

In real life, Bell is married to actor Dax Shepard ("Parenthood") and they have two daughters, Lincoln and Delta Bell. Favre said the actress easily slipped into "mommy mode" with the twins.

"Kristen was great," she said. "If they had to cry in the scene, as soon as it was over with, she was laughing with them, and singing to them and trying to get them to stop crying -- she was so great."

Although she is a fan of Bell's work, Favre said she just tried to stay out of the way on the set of "Bad Moms."

"I interacted with her some, but mostly I just let them do their thing," she said. "But Kristen Bell was super-nice and she would crack jokes about having twins -- she was adorable."

Future stars

After they wrapped their scenes in New Orleans, Favre and the twins went back to their lives in Slidell.

"It was great experience and we are so excited about the movie coming out," she said.

But that doesn't mean she is trying to raise the children to become movie stars.

"I don't know if they will get an opportunity like this again and I'm not going to push them into show business if they don't want to do it," she said. "I could be the next Kris Jenner, but probably not -- maybe they could make enough money where I could put them in day care."

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