Jane Kaczmarek Refuses to Sacrifice Family Time

09/13/2008 at 07:00 AM ET
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When Malcolm in the Middle wrapped back in 2006, Jane Kaczmarek, who played Malcolm’s mother Lois, knew that she wanted to take a break from the acting world and focus her attention on her three kids — Frances, 11, George, 8 ½, and Mary Louisa, 5 ½. The 52-year-old actress says that her hiatus from the TV screen "has been long enough that I was able to travel and spend some time with my children," quality time that she believes is special, especially since "I waited really long to have kids." After years of looking forward to having a family with her husband Bradley Whitford, Jane — who says she "wants to be there" — refused to accept another project that would be as demanding as her previous roles and was "grateful" when she was offered the part in her new series, Raising the Bar. Along with the production crew, Jane has been able to figure out "a schedule where I can work a real minimum in a very condensed way and have the majority of my week available to be a mom."

Naturally, spending so much time with her children traveling, Jane has managed to create quite a few memories along the way. Asked by TV Guide if any of these memories reflect back on her character Lois, Jane thinks of one specific plane ride with a baby who needed a diaper change!

"We were on an airplane, and they didn’t have one of those changing tables in the bathroom. I got down in the aisle when they were serving drinks and insisted on changing his diaper right then and there."

Jane’s new series, Raising the Bar, airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on TNT.

Source: TV Guide

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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erinbeth on

ew, seriously, she changed a diaper right in the aisle where beverages were served? rather unsanitary, i think. could she not have asked a stewardess where a better place would have been to have changed her little one?

kristen on

Unfortunately I had to do the same thing on a the last flight I took with my son. There really is no other place to do it. I considered it a sacrafice for my poor baby and that hopefully the airlines took something from that and will decide to put in changing tables in the restrooms on planes.

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