Actress Mira Sorvino makes it all look so easy – raising her kids, managing a successful career and maintaining a solid marriage – but as she tells Mom, even she realizes that the idea of ‘having it all’ may be somewhat of a myth.
“There’s kind of an image of “Yay—the happy working mom!” and everything works out so well, but it’s really difficult to juggle,” Mira points out. “There’s no such thing as the supermom who does it all and it’s all perfect. You only have 100% to give, and you can’t give 100% to both your work and your children. So you have to make choices that feel right for you and your family, and no one can tell you that but yourself.”
Mira has three children – daughter Mattea, 5½, and sons Johnny, 4, and Holden, 15 months – with husband Chris Backus and she gives him props for being an involved dad. “My husband and I have had three kids and we’ve been married for six years now, so a lot of it has been spent being pregnant or raising small children,” she says. “Chris is amazing because he really jumped in with both feet and didn’t shy away from being an active parent in a way that I’ve found kind of extraordinary.”
For Mira, one thing is certain: for all its ups and downs, parenthood is exhilarating.
I’ve experienced moments of joy with my kids I didn’t know were possible before. Sometimes when we’re hugging and laughing together, I think to myself, This is truly heaven!