Maria Bello Proud Of Her "Unconventional Family"

07/29/2008 at 04:30 PM ET

Maria_bello Happy to be "in a commitment for the first time" in her life, Maria Bello says her recent engagement to fiancé Bryn Mooser has her "really excited about the prospect of creating this new thing" with her 7-year-old son Jackson Blue. The 41-year-old actress says she has a "very unconventional family" — and from the sound of things, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

You know on a weekend it’s [Jackson], his father who is an amazing dad, my boyfriend and me surfing all day. So that’s my goal — to spend more time in that part of my life.

Jackson is Maria’s son with TV executive Dan McDermott.

Source: Parade; Photo by Anita Bugge/WireImage.

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Kristen Thomas on

It would be great if all parents who are no longer together could get along like this. Maybe then her life would not seem so unconventional. Her son is very lucky that he does have not have to choose between his parents!

april on

Mari and Mary McCormach look similar.

lee on

Doesn’t really sound “unconventional”; maybe “progressive” might be a better word.

I hate when actors have to promote movies and they do all these press junkets and interviews and it’s an information overload. And I don’t know if it’s (1) that they feel like they have to say something that makes them sound more interesting than you or me, or (2) that they have done so many interviews in one day that they are deliriously tired and say stupid things, but I’m getting tired of it. Take all the Minnie Driver stuff for instance.

I like Maria Bello (I think a lot of the work that she has done shows that she is not afraid to be raw and vulnerable on screen), but me reading that her kid ate some scorpions on a stick at 7 doesn’t make me think that he is “fearless.” Actors talk a big talk most of the time, and I feel like most of the time it’s a bunch of “hot air” as my grandma would say.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s that I am awake at 3 a.m. and all I want is to get back to sleep so I’m a little critical.

Bea on

Wow! This is soooo much healthier for her little boy than his parents having a relationship like the Richards/Sheen debacle.

Good for them. Best for Jackson.

Mary M. on

Good for her!
I think she seems really happy, and it is good that she appreciates the ability to have both a family and a solid career.


neil pasquale , director on

We are very proud of you in norristown, Pa. . We wish you the best.

jamie cane on

She’s a true inspiration. having a family and have a career are hard to pull of these days.