Her new show, Rizzoli & Isles, may be the biggest surprise hit of the summer claiming with the highest ratings debut ever for a basic cable TV series for the show’s premiere episode. In fact, the show is such a hit that it has already been picked up for a second season set to air in 2011. Nobody seems more surprised than the series star, Angie Harmon, who was on the verge of retiring from acting right before the script landed in her lap.
“I was saying that my girls [Finley Faith, 6, Avery Grace, 5, and Emery Hope, 1] needed their mommy full-time and I was ready to retire just before this show came along, and everyone around me said, ‘Uh-huh, sure you are,’” reveals Harmon. “So I though about it, prayed about it, and the next day the script was on my doorstop. It was meant to be, and I couldn’t be happier.”
With three growing girls, a fabulous husband, and a hit TV show, how does this mom make it all work?
On her secret to working mom success:
“Jason; he’s the most wonderful father – so hands-on. If I get up in the night with the baby, he does the morning shift and lets me sleep in. We understand that life’s messy and doesn’t always go according to schedule.”
“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.”
On her one unbreakable parenting rule:
“The girls absolutely have to have manners. And they have to respect other people.”
On whether there are any more kids in the plans:
“No, we’re good. We’re moving into the phase where all three are sleeping through the night. Everything’s switching back to normal now. In a way, it’s wonderful, but I knew Emery was going to be my last baby. And so I’ve cherished every single moment, every dirty diaper, everything, because I know it’s my last.”
Source: Good Housekeeping