Maria Bello Says Son is Fearless

07/24/2008 at 02:00 PM ET

Maria_belloWhen Maria Bello says her son "will do anything," she’s not kidding! While shooting The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in China, she says Jackson Blue, 7 — who, in between takes, could often be found playing soccer with 15 stunt men dressed as mummies — was even willing to partake in the local cuisine.

My son and I and my dad went to the market in Beijing, the night market, and ate scorpions on a stick. There’s pictures of us eating scorpions…It was pretty something.

Being a real life mom helped Maria, 41, play a mom onscreen, she reveals. "I was saying to one of my friends the other day who was having a problem with one of her kids, ‘We all want to do it perfectly as mothers,’" Maria says, "And we just don’t." She adds,

I think, no matter how you do it, our kids are all going to be in therapy at 18-years-old going like, ‘My mom did this to me.’ 

Jackson’s dad is Maria’s ex, TV executive Dan McDermott.

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Megan B on

Wow, Jackson sounds like a wild child. Trying scorpions at seven. I wouldn’t even try tomatos at seven or seventeen or now sadly. I still remember Maria Bello from ER, except I always thought it was Mario for some reason.

MP on

From what I read in O at Home, I was under the impression that Maria and Jackson’s dad are no longer together. She mentioned that she was going on her first solo vacation since Jackson was born because his dad was taking him for the summer.