She may not be a mom in real life, but Lisa Edelstein, 41, is having a chance to experience motherhood through the eyes of her character, Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit medical series House. In an interview with Parade, Edelstein gave a glimpse into her thoughts on being a single parent, taking risks, and how her being in her forties has made her comfortable in her “own skin.”
On playing a single mom.
“Life has changed for Cuddy since she became a foster parent. I don’t think that anyone can prepare for raising a child. I think it’s one of those jobs that is far more overwhelming than you could ever expect and far more satisfying than you can ever expect. For me, just being how old I am, I know I don’t want to be a single mom. I really would rather make it a two-person job. But I’ve also come to terms with not being a mother at all. I’m actually really good with either direction that my life can take as being a valid experience. But as Cuddy, I feel I’m representing single working moms and I feel they’re unsung heroines.”
On taking risks in life.
“You can’t do things unexpected in life if you’re not willing to take a risk, and it’s easier to risk your own life than it is for your parent to watch you take risks. It’s very, very hard for parents to see children doing things that aren’t a solid path. I’ve been through that.”
On being confident.
“I was pretty shy when I was young, but you get self confidence. I think it just builds over time. I’ve always thrown myself into different kinds of experiences, sometimes into really bad things. But, you grow up. You become more of a woman and you know yourself. I think knowing yourself is a wonderful thing especially when you’re in your 40’s and you’re kind of in your skin. Life is not so confusing anymore.”
Diehard House fans that are waiting to see if a relationship will pan out between Dr. Cuddy and Dr. House, played by Hugh Laurie, at some point will have to continue to wait. Edelstein tells Parade, “I don’t know because the writers don’t tell me, so I would hate to guess.” You can catch a brand new episode of house when it returns to Fox on March 8th at 8pm.