Poppy Montgomery: Jackson Is ‘Leaping Off of Tall Buildings’

06/20/2011 at 08:00 AM ET
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Poppy Montgomery has a wild man in her life — her son Jackson, 3½, that is.

“I thought I was going to get a girl that wanted manicures, pedicures and would, like, brush my hair,” the actress, 39, tells PEOPLE. “And I got a guy that is jumping off my head and leaping off of tall buildings.”

She describes Jackson — her first and only with her boyfriend, actor Adam Kaufman — as a “wild man toddler” and a “rebel, total boy.”

“He’s got so much energy, she adds. “He’s honestly like having six children.”

With her new television series, Unforgettable, debuting this fall, Montgomery calls balancing career and family “not easy, but doable.”

It’s a balance she’s used to, however: She starred in CBS hit Without A Trace as a working mom, after all.

“I worked the first year of [Jackson's] life,” she says. “I was back at work two weeks after he was born breastfeeding on set. It was wild.”

So is she ready for baby No. 2 (or No. 7, she might joke)? “I feel like [the new show] is my new baby,” she says, “but down the line I’ll think [about another].”

– Michelle Ward and Alison Schwartz

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Maddie on

We haven’t heard from Poppy in the longest time, thank you CBB for the interview! I just adore her (and miss Without A Trace desperately) :D Poppy’s new show looks great though, I will be watching for sure. As for another baby, maybe someday she will have a little girl to brush her hair and take shopping, lol.Boys are awesome though, as I’m sure she knows, hehe. Jackson would be an awesome big brother!

Maddie on

Oh, and i know obviously Jackson is growing up, but i can’t believe he is 3 and a half already!

jessicad on

I have a girl and she’s exactly like her son! Girls aren’t always calm and relaxed, wouldn’t have it any other way though:)

Sarah on

It’s been so long since we’ve heard of her/Jackson. Would love to see a picture of this family. I love Poppy and Adam isn’t bad looking either :P

By the way, Poppy is 36 not 39!

Jillian on

Sarah, She is 39. She was born in 1972. I am guessing you trust wikepdia or imdb and this is a perfect example of where the information on either of those sites are not correct. Anyone, including you and I, can update those sites.

Sarah on

Jillian, actually I believe what Poppy herself said in an interview in 2004, at the time even IMDB got her bith year wrong. I quote “Poppy Montgomery: I’m 29 Although IMDb says that I’m 32. At the end of the day, who gives a s — -? Honestly”
:)

Sandy on

Oh come on. Like its unheard of that an actress in Hollywood would lie about her age. Ageism is so rampant in Hollywood. PM looks closer to 40 too, so why wouldnt she shave off a few years. Remember actresses aren’t allowed to age in Hollywood.

Anonymous on

It has been awhile since we have heard from Poppy. I can’t wait for her new show.

Imdb actually lists her birth year as 1975 which would make her 36.

Sarah on

Poppy was born in 1972? That’s news to me. I’ve always read she was born in 1975! Not that it matters, tough. She is a talented and beautiful actress and I am looking forward to her new series.

Jillian on

Sarah, I have always heard 72. I agree, don’t care. I do not trust imdb or wiki for sure and couldn’t find that quote anywhere. I would think People mag would get it right. They have been reporting her as being born in this year, for years……with no correction.

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