Published: March 12, 2009
Twins! That’s what makes Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross’s life all the more sweeter. She’s been through a lot, but her family is stronger than ever. Marcia and her husband, Tom Mahoney, have been married since 2006. Mahoney is currently receiving treatment for cancer. Their 2-year-old twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, have helped them get through those tough times.
Marcia, who in real life is nothing like her character Bree, made time in her busy schedule to talk to me about motherhood!
Cafe MichelleL: Tell me about your daughters.
Marcia Cross: My daughters are the blessings of my life! The difficult thing about having twins is making alone time for each of the girls. I try to make time for Eden and Savannah, one-on-one time with just mommy.
CM: What’s a challenge for you, as a mom of a twin girls?
MC: I feel guilty sometimes, when I try to spend time with just one of the girls. I love them both so much, it’s hard to choose! But I know that it’s important to have alone time with me. I need to work on this.
There are so many good things about being a mom of twins. No matter what, they have each other. It’s beautiful to watch them, they are so different in so many ways but so alike, too.
CM: How do the girls sleep?
MC: The girls are both pretty good sleepers. But when one of them gets sick..that’s when they have trouble sleeping. It goes in phases.
CM: What do you do when the girls are sick and can’t sleep?
MC: I take Eden or Savannah, whoever is can’t sleep, into our guest bedroom. We call it the peach room, and I sleep in this room with the sick baby.
This works pretty well but sometimes the girls ask for “the peach room” at bedtime and I have to tell them that’s just for when they are sick. It’s so sweet and I love waking up with my kids, they are so precious, especially in the morning.
CM: What has surprised you most about being a mom?
MC: (Laughs) Everything! I feel so lucky. Tom and I are so glad we have the girls, it’s been amazing.
Published: Apr 7, 2009
Of course you’re familiar with Bree Van De Camp from Desperate Housewives, but if you loved to hate the psychotic Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place,you are a true Marcia Cross fan. We recently had the good fortune of chatting with the refreshingly real Marcia about surviving her demanding shooting schedule, the daily dramas of life with twins and somehow finding time for friendship.
It sounds so corny but really – how do you do it? How long are your shooting days – are the twins on set? Do you get to put them to sleep most nights?
Oh goodness. There really is no typical day in the life. There are so many moving variables. The schedule changes every ten days. Some days I will be home all day and able to get them up, be with them and put them to bed. When I have those rare days, I want to just be with them – I feel too guilty to even see a friend or go to the gym. Because set days often last 12 or more hours a day. I am always feeling guilty about something. The producers are flexible – to a point. When you aren’t with them it is really hard. They do come to the set. And they are really good when they are there. There are fussy moments, though, when I have to rehearse with one of the twins on my hip.
We’ve always wanted to ask a high profile mom how it feels to have her kids in national magazines all the time. Does it make you proud to see them referred to as beautiful kids – or do you just wish you could keep them out of the public eye all together?
I personally have never arranged to have them photographed. But the paparazzi do capture them from time to time. I guess that’s just part of the deal. Most of the time I don’t even notice that a picture is being taken. And I have to admit that I love looking at other people with their kids in the magazines.
Given the consistent schedule and its local nature, is your hope to always work in series television?
God no. The one hour drama is the hardest schedule out there. A half-hour sit-com is much better. Even film work you can take a break from. This has to be the most grueling job an actor can have.
I am sure you have been asked this often — but how much crazier is it with twins?
I guess I don’t really know if it is crazier — because it’s the only thing I’ve ever known. I do wish I had more alone time with each of the girls. I always feel guilty trying to take one twin somewhere without the other. That part is really hard. You end of battling with yourself about which one to spend time with first and then you just forget it and all stay together.
Now that you have kids, do you feel drawn toward “mom” character roles – or are you offended by the notion that because you are a mom, you should play one?
I guess I never really thought about it before. It seems natural when you get to a certain age to play the part of a woman with kids. But I played moms before I had kids too.
One of the themes that our writers and readers consistently touch on is the need for women to spend time with similarly situated empathetic friends as often as they can. That kind of time is what can keep us sane. What kind of support network do you rely on?
I do talk to Felicity Huffman on the set — she is a great one to talk to about parenting issues. I have a lot of other mom friends — but so little time. When I catch one of them on the phone on the fly — I will ask them to call our mutual friends to catch everyone else up on any news. I always do feel recharged and revitalized after speaking with my friends.
You’ve teamed up with Mott’s and Feeding American for a very worthwhile cause — tell us a little big about your involvement and the “WAKE UP CALL.”
Motts came to me with a great idea — a great program with a mission to feed America’s hungry children. By simply visiting Motts.com, people can send a wake-up call from me to themselves, or to a friend, for free. For every call placed, Mott’s will donate one dollar to Feeding America. It really is a wonderful program
Published: March 12, 2009
From Melrose Place to Wisteria Lane, actress Marcia Cross has charmed audiences with her impeccable style, sharp wit and that gorgeous red hair. But behind her Hollywood shell, Marcia is a wife, spokeswoman, and most importantly to us, mom!
A favorite here at CBB, Marcia is seen out regularly with her adorable two-year-old twins, Eden and Savannah, playing in the park, running to the grocery store and just enjoying life.
Marcia recently took a few minutes out of a busy visit to New York City to talk to CBB about life as a mom and her daughters’ budding personalities.
You always look like you’re having so much fun – you’re always at the park! You’re definitely a site favorite.
We do have a lot of fun. I’m a happy mom!
We asked our readers to send us their questions for you. Reader Callie asks, since you are out so often, we see you photographed a lot. How do you keep paparazzi from interfering with your lives?
I realized that there was nothing I could do about it. Being upset about the paparazzi would put me in a cranky mood and ruin my time. I decided I didn’t want that to happen, so I’ve just ignored them.