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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 I came so close to not doing it, but I wanted to do this role and that superseded my fear.”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!”

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Michelle Monaghan: “Remember You’re Not Alone”
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Novak Djokovic & Wife Welcome Baby No. 1: Stefan

Novak Djokovic & Wife Welcome Baby No. 1: Stefan

Congratulations are in order for Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic.

The tennis pro, 27, and his wife have welcomed their first child, a son named Stefan, the proud papa announced via Twitter Wednesday.

“Stefan, our baby angel was born! I am so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena!” the tennis star wrote. “Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!”

Djokovic’s official website went on to share a birth announcement.

“We are delighted to announce that Jelena Djokovic gave birth to a wonderful, healthy and a lovely boy, called Stefan,” the statement reads. “The birth went in the best possible manner, baby and the mother feel well.”

The announcement continues: “Novak will spend the following several days with the baby and his wife Jelena, after which he travels to Paris, where he will compete at the ATP Masters tournament.”

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Novak Djokovic & Wife Welcome Baby No. 1: Stefan
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Cobie Smulders & Taran Killam Expecting Baby No. 2

Cobie Smulders & Taran Killam Expecting Baby No. 2

Congratulations are in order for Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam.

The How I Met Your Mother alum, 32, and her SNL star husband, 32, are expecting their second child, Us Weekly reports.

“They talked about growing their family once she was done with [HIMYM] and moved to New York,” a source tells the mag.

The couple – who were wed in September 2012 in Solvang, Calif. – are already parents to 5-year-old daughter Shaelyn Cado.

After HIMYM wrapped earlier this year, the actress opened up about moving to the Big Apple.

“It’s an exciting new chapter, but I’m so grateful that this was a part of my life and my family for so many years,” she shared.

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Nicole Kidman: “I Hope Every Month That I’m Pregnant”

Nicole Kidman: “I Hope Every Month That I’m Pregnant”

Mom-of-four Nicole Kidman is hoping to add to the brood.

During a Friday appearance on Australia’s KIIS 1065 radio station, the Academy Award-winning actress, 47, said that she hasn’t given up on her dream of having another baby.

The Grace of Monaco actress – who adopted son Connor, 19, and daughter Isabella, 21, with ex-husband Tom Cruise – has two biological children with husband Keith Urban. But while she loves being mommy to daughters Sunday, 6, and Faith, 3, (who she welcomed via surrogate in 2011), Kidman admits she never gives up hope of more kids.

“I hope every month that I’m pregnant,” she revealed, “but I never am. I would be jumping for joy if it happens,” she said, before adding, “I’m 47, it won’t happen.”

When host Jackie O revealed that a friend of hers was pregnant at 49, Kidman allowed herself to get excited.

“That’s incredible, what a fabulous thing. My grandmother had her last baby at 49 so you never know,” she said. “I’m baby crazy. I love babies…kids, they are just extraordinary,” she continued, before admitting that her husband might not agree. “He might not be jumping for joy,” she laughed.

Kidman went on to talk about the recent death of her father, Antony Kidman.

“He was an amazing man,” she said of her father, who died last month in Singapore, at the age of 75. “We have the tightest family, we really do. Now I’ll get upset.”

After taking a moment, Kidman thanked her friends and fans for their support.

“I have to say, so many people did reach out, it’s the greatest thing,” she said. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to intrude, it’s awkward,’ and now having been on the other side of it, it’s so beautiful when people do it. A card or call or anything, it really does [mean a lot].”

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Nicole Kidman: “I Hope Every Month That I’m Pregnant”
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