Marissa Jaret Winokur: ‘I’m an Outdoors Girl’

06/13/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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If Zev Isaac Miller ever feels the urge to sleep under the stars, he’ll have an able and willing partner in mom Marissa Jaret Winokur.

“I come off as a New Yorker who’s into hair and clothes,” the former Hairspray star tells Betty Confidential, “[but] I’m an outdoors girl.”

While husband Judah Miller “doesn’t camp, and will never camp” Marissa says she is quite the opposite. “I grew up camping … I will so be the Boy Scouts’ den mom.”

For now, Winokur and Zev, 22 months, are sleeping under a roof — but the duo still pack plenty into their day, which begins at 5:30 a.m.

“We have breakfast,” she explains. “We’re usually at a music class or a play gym by 9:30. I have help during the day so I can go to work or appointments. My son and I then do something in the late afternoon, like go to a park or a playdate.”

When she’s not working, Winokur says she takes umbrage to those who remark “Oh, you’re just being a mommy now.”

“I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m a mom when I’m working, and I’m a mom when I’m not working,'” she laments. “I’m an actress. I’m often between jobs. My career allows me to be both a ‘working’ mom and a stay-at-home mom.”

Regardless of that status, Winokur says that Zev remains her number one priority.

“I’m really shocked by how much I love being a mom,” she admits. “I’ve always been so career-focused, and as an actress I’m used to everything being all about me. Now I’m all about my son.”

Someday soon, Winokur says that Zev — born via in-vitro fertilization and with the use of a surrogate — could even have a younger sibling. “We hope to do it again,” she reveals. “The cancer was caught early enough that I could keep my ovaries. I was very lucky.”

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Angela on

I love her new hair color!

Shannon on

I can totally picture her being the den mother! lol

Kat_momof3 on

She’d be such an awesome den mother… but then, I think she’d also just be the perfect one to host big playdates, sleepovers, that kind of thing. Heck, she is someone you’d just love to be friends with… all that energy and personality… it’s great to be around.

Sara-Eve on

I love camping, what a fun mom-son experience! They all have such Jewish names- very matchy matchy

Gigi on

She looks beautiful and so happy. What a wonderful success story.

robinepowell on

I love her as a blonde and I hope she keeps that colour. I’m glad her son has someone to help experience the outdoorsy camping stuff.

I know I wouldn’t be the type. I like the country, in small doses, with a roof and four walls, lol! 😛

D on

Love the hair color style, but could really do with out the smile! I’m beginning to wonder if she’s one of the Osmonds?

Cat on

The update on her hair is great! Now her looks match her personality.