Megyn Price is a southern belle with tremendous heart! She stars on the popular CBS comedy Rules of Engagement co-staring David Spade, and finds the time to do regular charitable work for a cause that lies close to home.
Megyn and her high school sweetheart, Eddie, are proud parents to 2-year-old daughter Grace. The 38-year-old mother-of-one opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood, how the acting bug prevailed amidst her better judgment and her passion to support an adult care facility in her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma.
CBS: How has motherhood changed you? Any surprises? What are the greatest challenges for you?
MP: “In becoming a mother, the biggest surprise for me is how fantastically childish I get to be. I guess I thought I would feel like an old lady when I had a kiddo. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. I get to sing nonsense songs and make up ridiculous stories and act them out with cuckoo voices for my girl, and I have a ball. I had no idea that being a responsible adult meant acting like a lunatic most of the time.
The biggest challenge for me is to remember that I’m still an individual, outside of my relationship with my daughter. I love to be with her 24 hours a day, and it’s very easy to lose myself in her. It’s not an altogether bad thing, but I need to remind myself to call my friends and engage in the grown-up world from time to time.”
CBS: You and your husband Eddie – an ER doctor who was also your high school sweetheart – are parents to 2-year-old daughter, Grace. Tell us how you and Eddie have managed to stay together all these years. What’s the secret to a successful relationship?
MP: “My husband and I have known each other since before we could vote. It’s so easy to be married to my friend. I think we figured out a long time ago how to have fun with each other – we play games and sports and just act like idiots together. He makes me laugh. In fact, our arguments usually end with one of us bursting into hysterical laughter at some stupid face one of us makes when we’re trying to be serious. So, I think remembering to have fun is the real secret of a happy marriage.”
CBS: You have a degree in economics and communications from Stanford University. When did the acting bug hit you? Had you always dreamed of being an actress amidst the University days?
MP: “I’ve always loved acting, since I was a little girl, but I never thought it was a particularly smart career choice. Actually, it isn’t. If you look at the number of actors who are out there vs. the number of jobs that are available, you’d have to be a complete dope to ever choose this career.
So, I guess what I’m saying is that, despite my Stanford education, I’m a dope. I just never found anything in my life that brought me greater joy than acting. It’s a strange beast, this drive to do what I do. It doesn’t make much sense to me, but I kind of like that. It wasn’t a logical career choice for me to make, but, in my heart, I knew it was the only choice that would truly make me happy. I’ve worked hard and I’ve gotten lucky and I’ve had a lot of cheerleaders and co-stars along the way who’ve made my professional life incredibly fun and rewarding.”
CBS: We hear you are are planning to compete in a triathlon. When do you find the time to train?
MP: “When my daughter turned two years old this year, I got a bee in my bonnet to do a triathlon. I can’t really figure out how I decided to do such a nutty thing, but here I am, three triathlons later. I’ve competed in sprint distance races so far, and I’ve got a few longer goals brewing in the next couple of years. The training is probably even more fun than the racing to me. I get up in the dark and train before my daughter wakes up. It’s made such a huge difference in my workouts to be working toward a goal, rather than just spinning my wheels in an effort to wear a size 2.
I love that my girl gets to see her mama crazy excited about pinning a number on her chest and going out to race. I want to make sure I teach her by example how fun it is to be healthy and strong. I know she’s going to go out into a world filled with all kinds of messed up messages about how women should look and act and take part in society, and I’d like to do everything I can to build her up as strong as she can be before she has to face all of that.”
CBS: If you are working on any other projects or with any charities, please feel free to discuss.
MP: “As far as charities go, I do a lot of my charitable work for an adult care facility in my hometown, Norman, Oklahoma. The center is called Full Circle, and it provides adult day care for families who can’t afford or don’t want to put their loved ones in nursing homes.
My fifty-five year old Uncle Bill, who was born with Down Syndrome, lives with my mom in Oklahoma and participates in the program at Full Circle. It has made such a difference in his life. He tells me he’s “going to work,” and he gets on the bus for Full Circle. They do art projects and music and have all kinds of creative, stimulating activities for their clients; plus, the people who work there are unbelievably caring and kind.
It’s such a life-saver for so many families in Oklahoma, and I really want to help keep them going in any way I can. The idea of putting my uncle in a nursing home-type facility is unfathomable to my family and me. We would miss him too much. Full Circle has made it possible for us to keep him living at home, while still giving him a community where he can feel independent and thrive.”