Now back to work on her new series, mom-of-three Angie Harmon admits it’s been tough leaving her girls Finley Faith, 6, Avery Grace, 5, and Emery Hope, 1, to go to the set. The 38-year-old actress talks to Good Housekeeping about her family, her faith, and her most prized posession.
On what she misses about staying home with her girls: “Everything. The grass is always greener. When I’m not working, I would kill to have some sort of creative outlet other than, say, a coloring book. And when I’m working, I want to do all those things I was griping about — you know, make a turkey-and-cheese sandwich, put it in a zip-top bag, and stick it in a lunch box right now! I’m that kind of person, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate where I am in the moment.”
On her favorite family ritual: “Dinner. Every day at five o’clock, I turn on the radio and start cooking. We’ll pour a glass of wine while the girls are barefoot, running in and out of the house with the dogs. The house starts smelling good, and they perk up like little wild animals. I just love that when they get older, one of their most solid memories about their childhood will be that sort of sensory memory — Mom in the kitchen with Earth, Wind & Fire playing in the background. Oh, and we do Roses and Thorns at dinnertime; everyone gets a turn to talk, and your ‘rose’ is the best thing that happened that day, while your ‘thorn’ is the worst. I just love it when one of them says, ‘I don’t have a thorn today, Mommy.’
On the role that faith plays in their family life: “A huge one! Their middle names aren’t Faith, Grace, and Hope because I’m an atheist. I pray every day for my little girls. It’s hard out there for the younger generation. Oh, I sound like my parents!”
On her most prized possession: “The rocker in my nursery. I’ve rocked all three kids to sleep in it. That stage with Emery is almost over. Six years of rocking my baby girls…”
Read more of Angie’s interview at Good Housekeeping.com