12+ Times Busy Philipps Spilled The Tea In Her New Book

Diply 20 Oct 2018

Busy Philipps is in full-on promotion mode, getting as many eyes as she can on her new memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little. The actress has made a name for herself on series like Freaks & Geeks, Dawson's Creek, and Cougar Town. On social media, she's also known for her absolutely killer Instagram story game.

Now, she's ready to tackle the literary world, telling everything we wanted and more about her life, her loves, and especially dirt from behind the scenes of the series that made her famous.

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Phillipps knows she's talking to a big crowd, as her 1.3 million followers on Instagram can attest, but This Will Only Hurt a Little is a personal story.

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She tells her own story, she tells it candidly, and she lets us know what it was like to grow up semi-famous, although often in the shadow of bigger stars.

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1. An altercation with James Franco on the set of Freaks and Geeks ended with her being assaulted.

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After Philipps hit Franco in the chest for a scene, he allegedly screamed "‘Don't ever touch me again!" and threw her to the ground. Philips told *Vulture* that Franco has since apologized.

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2. Even before the incident, she describes Franco as "weird and intense."

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USA Today reports that Philipps found his vibe "both annoyed and intimidated" her. To offer up a visual, he was often seen walking around backstage with a copy of Dante's Inferno.

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3. That same story became a source of frustration for Philipps, as it ended up dominating coverage of her book.

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Coverage of the book became an example of the type of gender problems she was talking about, stating in an Instagram post that "My book is 308 pages, not one paragraph."

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4. Philipps is pretty sure she used to work with Kristen Chenoweth.

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As a teenager, Busy Philipps worked as a life-sized Barbie doll for toy fairs. She's never been able to confirm it, but she could swear that one of her fellow models was a pre-Tony Chenoweth.

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5. Katie Holmes was obviously the favorite on the set of Dawson's Creek.

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In a heartbreaking recollection published by News.com.au, Philipps remembers that any flubs during filming would be met with an offer to just cover up her mistakes with a shot of Katie Holmes. She recalls a director saying "Don’t worry if you can’t get it. We’ll just cut to Katie. That’s what we do mostly anyway, because…I mean. Look at that face!"

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6. It was pretty obvious that Joshua Jackson and James Van Der Beek didn't get along.

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By the time Philipps joined the cast of Dawson's Creek in the fifth season, the rest of the cast was pretty settled in their dynamics, and the tension between Jackson and Van Der Beek was "clear". (

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7. She was body-shamed pretty much immediately upon being hired for Dawson's Creek.

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She remembers a wardrobe fitting, "'I think the trick with you will be to just accentuate your chest and push up your boobs and maybe show your legs, and then just try to hide from here’ — she pointed to right under my boobs — ‘to here’ — She pointed to right above my knees."

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8. It wasn't just her body shape that the show wanted to hide.

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Management also didn't feel that Philipps' moles were a look that they wanted. "I guess the network and producers don’t like all these moles on you, so we’re supposed to cover them up."

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9. An early memory of James Van Der Beek was super insensitive to her career.

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Philipps recalls a moment while filming a Season 5 episode, when Van Der Beek made reference to how lucky she was that her show (Freaks & Geeks) was canceled after its first season. Clearly Van Der Beek wasn't happy about things on the Creek, but at the time, it struck the actress as ungrateful.

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10. Her second season character arc stung, and so did getting cut from the finale.

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"And when they don't write you into the finale, it will hurt your feelings, but you'll get over that too," she wrote. "Because you understand they probably would have just cut to Katie anyway."

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11. Her body also drew more unflattering comparisons to Katie Holmes.

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She describes being put through "weekly torture" in wardrobe sessions, "all while she would talk about how Katie can just WEAR ANYTHING, you know?"

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12. Joshua Jackson had a tendency to mansplain.

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While describing Jackson as a "good guy," she also wrote that "his ability to turn a conversation into a dissertation was incredible."

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13. Jackson sometimes brought his girlfriend onset, including for romantic scenes with Philips.

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"Having the other actor's girlfriend there, watching me and making weird comments after each take," she writes, "like how she was going to need him to Listerine his mouth before she kissed him again, was just too humiliating."

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14. She found an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor in Chad Michael Murray.

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After an accident which saw her dislocate her knee, she found comfort in Murray, who she had prejudged as a "douchebag."

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