She opened up to REDBOOK magazine about motherhood and what it’s taught her about life and herself.
On balancing motherhood and career: “Yeah, the working-mom thing is definitely tricky. Guilt is a bitch. It’s so useless as an emotion, for me anyway. It clouds things, I’m not saying people shouldn’t feel guilty, but for me, it makes certain decision-making more difficult. And I have felt guilty. It’s one of the reaons I haven’t made a lot of movies. Network television is a full-time job, but it’s manageable.”
On what makes her 20-year marriage work: “You’ve got to find the right fellow. It is kind of basic, but very crucial. Brad and I certainly have similar goals and sensibilities; we’re on the same page in terms of how we want to raise our children and what we like to do. We’re always trying new things together — having adventures is a great way to be with your partner.” / “We do so much. We travel a lot. A couple of years ago, we went river rafting in Chile. It was unbelivably exciting.”
On the one thing that gives her an instant laugh: “Um…it would have to be a fart. I’m not an intellectual.”
On what she’s learned from men — and hopes her sons learn too: “I mean, I love men. And I like the directness of the male sensibility. And I like the sensitivity of women. So, you know, it’s a good mix. I’m hoping it’s something I’ve been able to impart to our children. I’m not the sole imparter of that, of course. My husband is a sensitive guy too. But there’s a softness and a sensitivity to other people that I hope my boys are learning. And I think they are.”
On when she feels most beautiful: “When I’m superskinny. [Laughs]. No, but I always feel good after I exercise. I run, hike, do Pilates. I try to change it up.”
Ah, that Julia. She such a funny girl. She seems like she’s pretty down to earth. She fights the same battles the rest of us fight. The guilt and the fulfillment that comes along with motherhood has a fine line that is hard to toe.