Virginia Madsen: 'I Love My Boy, But I Like My Teenager'

04/01/2009 at 04:00 PM ET

As a single mom raising a teenaged son, Virginia Madsen has heard it all; And while many have cautioned her about the tumultuous years ahead it certainly hasn’t been her experience thus far with 14-year-old Jack. “I like to get advice, but I also know a lot of people who really like their teenagers,” the 47-year-old actress tells Parade. “It’s not all gloom and doom.” Although she admittedly missed her baby as he entered his formative years, Jack’s pursuit of independence has only endeared him to his mom even more. “I’m proud of him for that,” Virginia says, adding:

“It was hard when he was two, you know what I mean? But I like who he is. He’s a really interesting guy. I love my boy, but I like my teenager.”

Although Jack — whose dad is soap star Antonio Sabato Jr.— has “a little of the acting bug in his DNA,” Virginia says his recent appearance in her commercial for Botox should not be misinterpreted.

“The [director] said, ‘Well, do you want to run in and be in it?’ And he was just ‘Yeah!’ And then he was over it. After that he was like ‘Oh, that was fun. But I think I’m just going to be a filmmaker instead.'”

Virginia’s new movie The Haunting in Connecticut is in theaters now.

Source: Parade

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meghan on

It must be a nice feeling to be able to say that you genuinely like the person your child is becoming. My mom always says that if me and my brothers were not her children, she would still want to be friends with us if she met us on the street. It meant the world to me.

Lou on

how odd…i had never heard of her before i went to see her new film last week, since then she’s popping up everywhere i look! lol.

DivaStar on

Good for her because I acutally like my teenager also, and, if she continues to be the person she is now, she just might make it to college in 5 years. LOL

internships on

I love my teenager very much, and I also feel like we could be friends if I had just met him and he was someone else’s child. He is a good kid with a big heart. I am glad Virginia is enjoying her teenager so much!

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