You know, I think I’m falling in love with Connie Britton more and more everyday. I caught an episode of her new show Nashville on a plane ride recently and she just seemed like not only a great actress, but a likable person. Like someone you would just love to meet at a Starbucks and talk about life and kids over a few Frappuccinos.
Well, the single mama opens up to Redbook Magazine and talks about her life as a celebrity mom and how she’s trying to get other Hollywood moms together to start an “adoption club” to talk about their own experiences of adopting their children. She even jokes that she’d like to meet Angelina Jolie, Mary-Louise Parker, and Sandra Bullock to share her thoughts on raising an adopted child in the spotlight (strange that she left out Madonna, right?). Here are some highlights from her interview:
On playing a range of characters—from Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights, to Vivien on American Horror Story, and now Rayna James on Nashville:
It’s important in whatever character I play that I show as many different levels of what it is to be a woman as I can. That includes being sexy! I want to get rid of the whole idea that women who are wives and mothers and working in the world no longer have any interest in their sexuality, because that’s not my experience. I love to play a woman who is making mistakes, because we all do. Making a mistake is a by-product of trying to be a better person.
There are a fair number of celebrities who have adopted recently. Do you all share advice?
Me and Angelina and Sandra Bullock and Mary-Louise Parker just get together every weekend, drink rosé, and talk about kids! No, that is not the case. Not that I wouldn’t love to get together with all of them and discuss their experiences. But there is a community of people who have adopted children from Ethiopia, and that’s something I want to be a part of for sure. To me it’s really important for my son to have a strong sense of that background.
On being a single mother:
I always knew I wanted a child, and I always assumed I’d be doing it with a man…Then my parents passed away within three years of each other. Right after that, a lightbulb went off in my head and I thought, What am I waiting for?’ I wasn’t in a relationship at the time, but I thought, This is something I want to do. I can do it.’