Hairspray actress Marissa Jaret Winokur is thrilled to be a mom. The 37-year-old actress never thought she would have the chance, after an earlier bout with ovarian cancer. Luckily, she’s cancer-free and has a little boy, named Zev, with her husband, TV writer Judah Miller. Zev was conceived via a surrogate in 2008.
She sat down with Betty Confidential to discuss the details of her new life as a mom.
On being a working mom: “Notice that when people see I’m not working on a show or something, they’ll say, “Oh, you’re just being a mommy now.” I’m like, “Wait, I’m a mom when I’m working, and I’m a mom when I’m not working.” I’m an actress. I’m often between jobs. My career allows me to be both a “working” mom and a stay-at-home mom.”
On her new priorities: “I’m really shocked by how much I love being a mom. I’ve always been so career-focused, and as an actress I’m used to everything being all about me. Now I’m all about my son. I actually find my career and so many other things quite trivial.”
On her usual daily routine: “I wake up with my son at 5:30. We have breakfast. We’re usually at a music class or a play gym by 9:30. I have help during the day so I can go to work or appointments. My son and I then do something in the late afternoon, like go to a park or a playdate.”
Read the rest of the interview at Betty Confidential.