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No More Jaywalking for New Mom Amy Ryan

03/18/2010 at 08:00 AM ET

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For Amy Ryan, the key to balancing work and motherhood is streamlining both.

“It’s just about becoming really efficient with your time and just writing things down,” the Academy Award-nominated actress — mom to 5-month-old daughter Georgia Gracie, with fiancé Eric Slovintells iVillage.

“I used to keep a to-do list in my head before I had a child, but now I have to write it all down.”

Taking stock of each potential role has also become paramount.

“If it’s not good enough, I’m not going to leave home,” she explains, “and that makes for an easy decision.”

Not quite as easy, however, is the internal dilemma Amy faces each time she’s stopped at a red light while walking the streets of New York City!

“I don’t jaywalk anymore. It’s true. I feel this part of me thinking, ‘What kind of New Yorker are you waiting for the light to change?’ But it’s true. I wait for the light to change. Even when I’m not with her. I’m like, ‘She needs me. I can’t get hit by a car.’”

When asked which, if any, of her films she hopes to someday watch alongside Georgia, Amy gives another surprising answer: Gone Baby Gone, in which she portrays a drug-addicted mom in a role that brought her critical acclaim.

“That’s your mother!” she says with a laugh. “I say that as a joke, but I actually mean that.”

“It’s funny, but my nieces — the oldest ones are eight — they know I’m an actress, they know what an actress is, but they really have yet to see anything I can do,” Ryan explains.

“I’m constantly saying, “No, not yet. You can’t see that one yet.” So it’ll be a while before I show my daughter anything that I’ve done. The Office. She can watch The Office.”

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Kristen on

Loved seeing this headline. Every day I see New York mothers jaywalking or running in front of the traffic… with a stroller out in front of them! It really disgusts me not just to see mothers putting their kids at risk, but to also be teaching their children a horrible habit. I would hate for a ten year old to cross the street on his own for the first time, and think it is ok to run in front of traffic (as his parents have done).

FM on

I feel the same way. Being a fellow New Yorker, I’ve stopped doing that ever since having my son a year ago. Even in small streets, no cars are coming, but I’m still waiting for the light. Even when by myself. It just comes natural, it’s a mother’s instinct.

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