Virginia Madsen Says Ex Has ‘Taken Parenthood On’

06/24/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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Co-parenting is a priority for former couple Virginia Madsen and Antonio Sabàto Jr., and never moreso than now.

With a new sitcom to film — Scoundrels, airing Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC — Madsen tells the Vancouver Sun that her ex-flame is stepping up to the plate big time with son Jack Antonio, 15.

“He’s been a great help to me being away for so long, because I’ve never had to be away for this long,” the actress confides. Sabàto Jr. has “taken parenthood on,” she raves, continuing,

“He’s done full-on high school parenting while I’ve been away having a great time. So I’m very grateful to him.”

From the sound of things, Sabàto’s involvement is nothing new. Madsen, 48, says she doesn’t consider herself a single parent because the former soap star “has always been in the picture, and we live around the corner from each other and we parent together.”

With that said, you won’t find Madsen lamenting the effort to balance her newfound acting responsibilities with her job as a mom.

“This life is not hard,” she insists. “It’s joyful and an adventure. If you live an adventurous life there’s going to be a climb, but at the end of each climb is a beautiful vista.”

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Sarah M. on

I have ALWAYS loved Virginia Madsen and Antonio Sabato Jr.! I think I’ve only seen 1, maybe 2, pictures where Virginia has been out with Jack and Mina (Antonio’s daughter with his current wife) wasn’t with them. The love Virginia feels for Mina clearly shown through each and every picture!! It’s good to see that they can still be on such wonderful terms with each other despite the fact that their relationship didn’t work out. You don’t see that very often much anymore, at all!!!

Jo on

Very mature attitude, which will only benefit Jack. I wish that all ex’s could behave this well!

Mary Maude Henry on

Just love Virginia Masden and so glad she is back in the public eye!

amy on

finally! a celebrity un-afraid to sing their exes praises when it comes to their children! i get so tired of the public spats and craziness, it’s nice to see two ADULTS putting why they’re not together aside, and focusing more on their child than anything else! truly how it should be! i only wish my parents had been able to do this when they divorced lol

Dee on

I’ve always LOVED the way these two people parent their kids and I think its awesome and should resonate with “regular’ people.

SO many times you hear people bashing their exes and its such a shame especially when the kids have to hear all the negativity. Jack is a lucky kid I tell ya!!!

Cant wait to see her new show 🙂