Former Frasier star Jane Leeves, who’s now Hot In Cleveland, recently opened up to Working Mother on working through her pregnancies, juggling family life and a career, as well as her brand new baby-care line.
The 50-year-old actress has two children, Isabella Katherine, 10, and Finn William, 7, with husband Marshall Coben.
On being pregnant while filming Frasier: “During my first pregnancy, they put me in a fat suit and gave Daphne a weight problem, which was great. But those suits weigh a ton, and eventually, you’re like, “I can’t put this on anymore.” But I worked through both pregnancies. Literally, I had my second baby the day after we shot an episode.”
On her brand new baby-care line: “Tellurian Baby has a great texture—it gets a good lather. The baby oil has cleared up my niece’s eczema. I sometimes even put the lotion on myself, and it makes my skin feel great.”
On finding balance: “I think it takes a village. I have so much support. I have an incredible husband who is extremely hands-on and has sort of taken a backseat to my work. He’s Mr. Mom most of the time. I have a really supportive family. I have a sister who lives here, and when my daughter started preschool, she has a daughter the same age, so she’d take them both to preschool and pick them up. So my kids have always been with family. Also, reminding yourself you don’t have to be perfect. There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. That really takes the pressure off.”
Does your fame affect your kids?: “I don’t know that it does, because we do live in a town with lots of famous people—a lot more famous than me. I’ve kept them out of the public eye. I’m always being asked for pictures of my kids for interviews, and I say, “I’m sorry.” I’ll give them old pictures of them as babies so they won’t be recognized. But I’m certainly not going to shove them in magazines and have them do photo shoots with me, because that’s not their choice at that stage. We live in Malibu at the beach, and they spend most of their days at the beach playing. So I don’t think it has affected them. It’s certainly not an intrusive thing in their lives.”
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