Kathryn Erbe Made Better by Motherhood

01/18/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
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Motherhood has transformed Law and Order: Criminal Intent star Kathryn Erbe, making her “a better person in every way.” In a new interview with OK! the 42-year-old actress says that since welcoming daughter Maeve, 13, and son Carson, 5, she’s become “much less self-centered” as her attention has instead shifted to her children.

“My heart grows every day through struggling and love of my kids. It helps balance everything else – the work and the world. It helps keep me grounded and in perspective of what is really meaningful to me. It helps me be conscious of the way that I conduct myself in my relationships and in the world.”

Her comments came while attending the Year of the Mutt-i-Gree gala on Tuesday in New York City. Last year, Kathryn adopted a dog, Lilah, from the the North Shore Animal League — something which also “changed the whole dynamic of the family.”

“It brings everyone together. She’s this force of love who does not judge, does not get mad … she just walks around and loves all of us. And when my kids are crying, she immediately goes to them. If they’re hurt, she immediately goes to the area where they’re hurt. She’s an incredibly empathetic being.”

Maeve and Carson are Kathryn’s children with ex-husband Terry Kinney.

Source: OK!

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Sarah on

That is so cool. She always seemed liek such a down to earth person who doesn’t ake much for granted. I caught the end where they asked her about her dating habits. does anyone know if she’s dating anyone right now.

Jennie on

I am a big fan of hers, and have been since she was in “D2: The Mighty Ducks” way back when. She is so great as Detective Eames on “Law and Order: CI”, and she’s a great partner to Detective Goren. But I’m curious; if her son is 5, would she have been pregnant with him during the storyline when she was being a surrogate for her sister on the show (I’m way behind in watching episodes)? Just wondering…

Sarah on

Yes she was pregnant with him during the third season. She is such a good actress. Does anyone know the answer to my question?

oreo on

I haven’t watched her in anything recent…but who can forget her as Shirley Bellinger. I miss Oz.

Val on

I have read things by people who have worked with her who think she’s just lovely.

There’s be no Goren without Eames.

Debbie on

To Sarah- I thought she was dating a music artist name Chaz Rose but I’m not sure, When I asked them both on Myspace, I never recieved an answer from both but Kathryn no longer has a profile there. If it was her real Myspace, I’m not sure.

Sarah on

I doubt that she actually had a myspace.

Debbie on

Hey Sarah- how come you don’t think it was her?

Sarah on

For starters when exactly would she have time to have a myspace page and if it was her you’d think that she or someone who works for her would have given you the answer to her dating someone. And why, if she had a page, would it be set to private and why would there be virtually no mention of it on any CI site. btw where did you here that she was dating someone chaz?

Debbie on

From what I gathered, Kathryn was not the type of person who wants people to know her personal business.I heard rumors about this guy who wrote romantic songs for her and has pics with her idk.It doesn’t matter to me but I would be willing to bet it was her.Most fans believed it was her.

Sarah on

Well hun, you beleive whatever you want. But where did you here about her dating someone named Chaz.

Debbie on

Lotta CI fans were talking about what cute couple they are.

Debbie on

To Sarah-btw how come its so important for you to know who she dating?