Marcia Cross says motherhood 'cracks your heart wide open'

03/10/2008 at 02:00 PM ET

Desperate Housewives actress Marcia Cross feels as though she’s got the best of both worlds.  Between her hit television show and her 13-month-old twin daughters Eden and Savannah, things are going really well for the 45-year-old, and she says she can’t imagine choosing one over the other. 

I wouldn’t have been a happy girl if it was just the show and probably I would be a little frustrated if it was just my kids, though I’m such a happy mother.

Happy, indeed.  When asked recently whether motherhood has lived up to her expectations Marcia answered in the affirmative, telling the reporter that being a mom is "a million times better" than she’d expected.

Take your greatest love affair and magnify it as much as you can imagine and it’s like that.  It really cracks your heart wide open.

Click ‘continue reading’ for the rest of the interview.

Her pregnancy wasn’t an easy one, as Marcia was put on bedrest at 30-weeks.  Still, she says she hasn’t completely ruled out another baby — or two — despite her assurances to Desperate Housewives producer Marc Cherry that she was finished having kids.

I looked at my girls this morning and I was like, ‘Where are your brothers!’  Because I think in twos, of course, so there has to be two [boys]. I don’t know.

The promise isn’t the only thing weighing on her mind as she contemplates expanding her family with husband Tom Mahoney.  Marcia admits that age is also a factor.

I’m a little long in the tooth. If I were 36 I would have never promised that [to Marc], but I’m 45… I wish I’d met my husband earlier. It’s sad to have [children] so late because you want to be alive as long as possible for them. It’s math, you know. [Motherhood] is a lifelong process and you really want to be there for them.’

As for how she lost the baby weight, Marcia credits a simple one-hour exercise class she began taking after the girls were born — 30 minutes on the treadmill, 30-minutes of weightlifting and lunges — that she still attends.

It’s really a great class and that seems to do the trick. With diet, it’s one decision at a time … ‘Do I want to eat that? Can I eat that?  No I can’t eat that.’  We all do it. It’s every single day, every hour of the day because if I could, I would just eat everything. I craved food in general (during pregnancy). I was starving the whole time. I was like an alien creature. 

Source:  Herald Sun

Thanks to CBB reader Caitlyn

FILED UNDER: Bodywatch , Multiples , News

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Lauren on

I totally understand Marcia’s point about not having kids too late in life for obvious reasons, but she may not have too much to worry about. If her family had good genes and/or she takes good care of herself (which it sounds like she does), she could very well live into her nineties and pass away when the girls are in their late forties/early fifties and married with families of their own. I’m sure Heath Ledger assumed he was going to enjoy the benefit of being a young father by being with his daughter for the rest of her life, and look what happened to him. Nothing’s a guarantee.

EVelyn-Miami on

Lauren what a nice comment to make, I am an older mom 41 yrs old with a 2 yr old and a 21 & 17 yr old.This is my second marriage. I have constant thoughts about being there as long as possible even thinking about giving her a sibling so she can have one closer to her age when I am gone. Even though my older kids assure me they will always take care of the little one, it is still on your mind. I guess in life there are no guarantees. It’s nice to hear good comments on CBB once in a while. I almost thought I was going to read a negative one such as why did she wait so long to have the babies? Well because sometimes the right equation is not there, relationship, love, both wanting a baby etc.I admire Marcia Cross, I think she is incredibly happy and it shows!

gabriella on

I love marcia too, she seems so happy as a mom. I’m just glad she found her husband tom and got to have two beautiful little girls. She is a good actress, and she sounds like a sweet lady. All her pictures with her girls, she has this glow. She would have liked to have them younger which is understandable, but the important thing is, at least she got to experience being a mom and her girls seemed very loved and wanted.

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