Monica Potter (Kristina) says the show works because it mirrors how real family life is a messy mix of the sweet and the bitter. Watch now >
Kristina Braverman might have married into the large, messy Braverman family but having been with Adam since their early college years, she's certainly earned her central position in the clan's daily dynamic. Kristina, a constant source of stability and support for anyone who needs it, is a wise, and quietly forceful woman who loves her husband and children deeply and with incredible strength. With her straight-A teenage daughter Haddie who's testing the waters of her independence, her eight-year-old son Max, whose inability to adjust socially has her worried, and her husband Adam, who's just beginning to cope with the reality of it all, Kristina's fearless spirit and boundless energy are proving to be essential tools in keeping her head above water. So much for getting back to that career she's put on hold till her kids were at school full-time... for now at least.