Actress, activist, mother-of-four: Mira Sorvino admits it’s sometimes tough juggling all of her different roles. In an interview with Hamptons magazine, the Union Square star talks about the challenges of being a working mom and the life lessons she hopes to pass on to her kids Mattea, 7, Johnny, 6, Holden, 3, and Lucia, 3 months.
On having four kids: “You just improvise. Four is more, especially with them all seven years old and younger. There’s rarely a moment when one of them doesn’t need me intensely, so it’s a lot of pressure on me, which I’m trying to juggle with good humor, but I don’t always manage. I’ll be nursing the baby while pumping on the other side while typing a business e-mail while dealing with my toddler, who’s just getting through potty training. When I’m not working I try to be more of a stay-at-home mom, but I feel like recently I’ve been too hard on myself and that I need more help around the house than I currently have.”
On motherhood: “You’re always feeling guilty about something. I think everybody is hard on themselves, yes, especially as mothers, we always worry about our children’s happiness. I want to prevent every unhappiness that I can and of course you realize that you can’t prevent all of them. I’m always worrying if I’m giving them my best, if I’m doing enough.”
On what she hopes to teach her kids: “To make sure that everything they do is always tempered by love. That they try to not only do well but also do good because I think our modern society can be so obsessed with success that it overlooks meaning, and contribution, and service. They are growing up with a bit of a silver spoon, just because of [my husband Christopher Backus and my] lifestyle as actors, and I’m always trying to keep them grounded and teach them to be good people who are actively helping others.”
On whether her children will follow in her footsteps: “My son says that he wants to be a marine animal rescuer, which is very cute. I can see myself in retirement assisting with dolphin rescues. They’re wonderful little people, and I love them with all of my heart, so I look forward to seeing what they’re going to do.”
Read Mira’s entire interview here.