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Michelle Monaghan: “Remember You’re Not Alone”

Michelle Monaghan: “Remember You’re Not Alone”

Actress Michelle Monaghan sat down with Working Mother to discuss her role as a U.S. Army mom in Fort Bliss and how she fully immerses herself in her acting roles. The mother-of-two, to daughter Willow, 6, and Tommy, 1 year old today, also reveals her top tips for overcoming fear.

On playing a U.S. Army mom in Fort Bliss: “It’s about a side of moms we very rarely hear of. There are more than 200,000 women in active military, and 40 percent of them are mothers. I play an Army medic, and I was fascinated by the idea of a woman’s passion to serve her country—but at what cost to her and her family? I wanted to understand from a psychological standpoint how someone could make one of the most difficult decisions I can imagine, which is to leave your family knowing you may never come back.”

On how she prepared for the role: “I made a research trip to Fort Bliss in El Paso and trained with Army medics to learn the basics of performing field surgery, how to insert an IV, how to evaluate a wounded soldier. Those became so essential for me to have technical confidence in the character I was playing. I wanted to make sure that every aspect of the character was honest. In fact, the script was so authentic that we got the Army’s full support. We were able to shoot at the base and they provided us with locations, vehicles, subject-matter experts and soldiers who were extras.”

On immersing herself in her role as a truck-driving mother in Trucker: ” Something I really appreciate about my job is that I get to learn a little about a lot of things. This was one of the greatest roles I’ve ever had. I loved being able to embed myself in that culture and the women who choose to ‘drive truck,’ as they say. They’re incredibly passionate about their job and have this incredible zest for life. Deciding to learn to drive a truck was the boldest thing I’ve ever done. I came so close to not doing it, but I wanted to do this role and that superseded my fear.”

On overcoming fear: “Remember you’re not alone. Those women who learned to drive trucks before me, they were scared, too, but now they do it every single day—and parallel park!”

For more from Michelle, please visit Working Mother

Michelle Monaghan: “Remember You’re Not Alone”
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Happy 12th Birthday James Broderick

Happy 12th Birthday James Broderick

Name: James Wilke Broderick

Date of Birth: October 28, 2002

Parents: Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

Siblings: 5-year-old twin sisters Loretta & Tabitha

Facts:

♥ James’ first name was chosen to honor his paternal grandfather

♥ When his twin sisters were born, he had a hand in choosing one of their names – Marion. The family, however, calls her by her middle name Loretta

♥ He is often snapped on his way to and from school with one of his famous parents in NYC

Quotes:

“Any note that James Wilke writes me is an incomparable gift. He writes such lovely, sweet, touching notes that are sometimes quite funny and my daughters draw me pictures all the time, and if I’m away, they mail me wonderful, wonderful pictures of themselves, self portraits.”- mama Sarah on her talented tots.
“I don’t want him to do it until after he goes to college: But part of me thinks maybe it’s better if he knows the truth now about how hard it is to be a working actor. I don’t know that he grasps what it took to get us here.” – Sarah on her sweet son.

“Having children makes it harder now. When you involve other people who are reliant on you, the stakes are monumentally higher. I don’t mean to be dramatic, it’s also beautiful and filled with meaning.” – Sarah, on how motherhood has changed her life.

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Julianne Moore: I Did ‘Hunger Games’ For My Kids

Julianne Moore: I Did ‘Hunger Games’ For My Kids

Actress Julianne Moore covers the November issue of More and talks about how her children – son Cal, nearly 17, and daughter Liv, 12 – influenced her Hunger Games: Mockingjay role, the “terrible” loss of friend and colleague Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and how getting older has made her feel more powerful in her career.

On how her kids influenced her signing on for Mockingjay: “For a child moving into adolescence, the big question is, Do I have free will? Can I determine my own future?[At that age] you’re still with your parents. But you’re asking yourself, Who am I? Most of the films I make are not for kids. My son was in line for the midnight show when The Hunger Games first came out. They both loved the books. For them, my being in Mockingjay was fairly meaningful.”

On Phillip Seymour Hoffman: “What is there to say? It was a terrible, ridiculous, untimely loss. It’s difficult because I’m not sure how his family wants to deal with all this. It’s not my place. But I can talk about him as a colleague: He was an extraordinary talent and a lovely human being.”

How being older has changed her views on Hollywood and the choices she makes: “I used to think, Life’s really challenging. Things are tough, so they should be tough in a book, in a movie. They should be sad. But the older I get, the more I like happy endings. When you’re starting out in this business, you feel like you’re not in charge, that you’re still looking to the world for a kind of validation. But as you get older, you realize that direction comes from yourself, from your own desires and responsibilities. You choose your work. You choose your life. That’s where your power comes from—and that’s a great feeling.”

For more from Julianne, go to More

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Julianne Moore: I Did ‘Hunger Games’ For My Kids
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Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth “Enjoying Life”

Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth “Enjoying Life”

Such a sweet family.

Fast Five actress Elsa Pataky shared a precious family photo via Instagram. “Enjoying life, best #family #moments! #beach #love #relax #peace,” she captioned the photo with husband, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, and their three children: daughter India, 2, and 7-month-old twin sons Tristan and Sasha.

Enjoying life, best #family #moments! #beach #love #relax #peace

Una foto publicada por Elsa Pataky (@elsapatakyconfidential) el Oct 10, 2014 at 8:05 PDT

The Australian actor, 31, is seen wearing one of twins on his chest in a baby carrier, while also carrying a bag full of snacks and toys.

The Spanish model-actress, 38, is also photographed babywearing a twin while their daughter joined in on the barefoot fun.

Earlier this month, the mom-of-three shared another family shot at the beach.

“#beachtime, #family, #fun, #love. #bestmoments,” she captioned the image.

#beachtime, #family, #fun, #love. #bestmoments

A photo posted by Elsa Pataky (@elsapatakyconfidential) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:26am PDT

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