Cynthia Nixon: Max Will Try His First Thanksgiving Stuffing

11/23/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
Brian Ach/ID-PR/AP

Cynthia Nixon and her fiancée Christine Marinoni are enjoying plenty of firsts with their 9-month-old son, Max Ellington. Next up: baby’s first Thanksgiving.

“He’ll probably try some stuffing,” Nixon, 45, told PEOPLE while volunteering at City Harvest‘s Thanksgiving Mobile Market in New York City Tuesday.

“I’m making a turkey and a couple kinds of stuffing.”

The actress worked on an assembly line packing bags of food for those who need it.

“The next time I come back, I’ll come with my kids so that they’re not in school and they can help out, too.”

Also mom to daughter Samantha, 15, and son Charles, 8, (their dad is Nixon’s ex Danny Mozes), Nixon says she’s loving having another baby.

“It’s great — really great,” she says. “He is a lovely, cute, very communicative little kid.”

Marinoni gave birth to the couple’s son in February, and the whole family has been pitching in since his arrival.

Cynthia’s older children “do help out with him, particularly my [elder] son. He is really sweet with him,” Nixon says, adding that her daughter also helps out with Max when she can.

“My daughter has got so much homework — she’s a teenager!”

— Isley Kasica

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jy on

what happened? She’s aged dramatically.

Indira on

i read her fiancee’s name as rojo caliente! lol!

tm on

How are her kids in school on Thanksgiving?


Whatever floats your boat!

Softwear on

I’m sorry, but that picture…makes me want to do it all over again. What a little button! If only they stayed like that.

Katie on

This makes news why??? Baby is darling though!

Lisa on

Bit of an odd way to describe your 9 month old son, isn’t it?

SJ on

In some pictures Cynthia Nixon resembles (Swedish singer) Robyn.

Birdie on

I Love this family. They’re very sweet!

Cecilia on

How does this work? If two lesbians have a baby together, does the one who didn’t give birth becomes the baby’s mother or does she have to file for adoption? So, is Cynthia the baby’s mother legally?

Someone You Know on

Congrats to the Nixon/Marinoni family…LOVE IS LOVE!!

torgster on

Katie how is this any less newsworthy than half the D-lister stories on this blog? Example being I’d rather read about a relevant actress and her volunteer work and family than a one in a million country singer blathering on about his wife breast pumping! Just sayin.

Roanio on

I believe there are injections you can get to keep them small.

Jurnee on

Baby is very sweet!! But is it me, or does the fiancee look like Jason Segal’s sister (er, or brother)?

kelsa on

tm- she was talking about tuesday when she volunteered to feed those in need. she said her kids were in school then.

it really amazes me some of the comments on this site; how people can be so rude and how some people make comments without even reading the whole article!

Brooke on

Indira – HA!!! Rojo Caliente Forever!!!

Anonymous on

Katie- It’s news because this is the Moms & Babies section of an entertainment magazine’s website and these are the kinds of stories they post. Basically, if it’s “real” news you’re wanting, PEOPLE isn’t the best place to get it. 🙂

But anyway, Max is a cutie! And it looks like he’s got red hair, just like Christine (and yes, she’s the one that gave birth to him per his birth announcement post)!

Shannon on

Cute kid! Did they adopt?

Reese on

Cecilia, she would have to file for adoption. Unfortunately, while some states may recognize their engagement, it’s not enough to ensure that Cynthia will be recognized as his mother so she has to establish an independent legal relationship with Max, separately.

kimmie on

Katie, it’s not news. It’s an article people like you like to read. Hope that helps.

librababe on

aww the baby is so cute…rojo caliente is not. i know it doesn’t matter, but as i looked at photos of danny mozes and rojo caliente… cynthia nixon’s bad taste really struck me. :S

stacey on

I think I’ll vomit.

Kat on

Librababe….as shocking as it maybe, maybe she selects mate for love – not looks?

annachestnut on

lovely family. I am sure Cynthia teaches her children well. She is a Barnard graduate, after all!

annachestnut on

Lovely. I am happy for them.

River on

I know I’ll get hate for this, but I feel kind of bad for children with same sex parents. I am 100% for gay marriage, and I am not opposed to them having children, but it makes me sad to imagine my own childhood without my father, so I can’t imagine another child being without a father (or a mother, in other situations). I remember being a daddy’s girl growing up (and still am!), and I think fathers are much more important than they are given credit for. There are certain things that only my father could fix that my mother could not, and vice versa.

Still, congratulations to Cynthia and her partner! I wish them the best and I’m sure Max is very loved and healthy.

Amanda on

I think they’re a beautiful family. Sure, “Rojo Caliente” may not be what some people would call classically beautiful, but she has brought life into this world, is a loving partner, and these two and their family are a prime example of love for its own sake, love simply because two people found something in common with each other in this crazy place and decided to try it on for size. It fits them well.

I hope that when my son grows up, if he is gay, he can marry whomever he wants. Happiness is something that too many people in this world are short on…let’s not be superficial, and how about we try a simple “Congratulations!” to two people who are in love and had a child. Regardless of how they did it, I’m sure they will raise that boy to be open, accepting, and honest, which the world needs more of desperately.

look on

Her husband looks a little like a woman.

Anonymous on

Shannon- Yes and no. Per Max’s birth announcement post, he is Christine’s biological son (although the article doesn’t mention further details, we can pretty much infer that she concieved him through either IVF or artificial insemination with sperm from an anonymous donor). However, as another poster said, Cynthia likely DID adopt him as she wouldn’t legally be recognized as his parent otherwise. Hope that helps. 🙂

Anonymous on

River- I don’t think you deserve hate at all for that comment! You said it in a very nice, non-judgemental way. In fact, I kind of agree with you! I, too, have been a daddy’s girl from day one and can’t imagine life without my dad, and it saddens me to think that a lot of children don’t get to experience that bond for various reasons.

With that being said, I don’t have anything against lesbians or anything against them having kids.

Tigerlee on

I’m all for gay marriage BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT….. gotta love the homophobic who use the ridiculous blather of a child needs a mother, a child needs a father, blah, blah, blah. As if if opposite sex parents are so superior. Yeah. Britney and K-Fed are such paragons of parenthood. Let’s give up for thousand year old fathers like Rod Stewart.

Debbie k on

Well said Amanda!!!

I know.... on

Classically beautiful?….I’m sure most people wouldn’t consider comtemporary, modern, or futuristically beautiful either…I’m just say’n.

Sarah K. on

River, you love your dad because of who he is and how he raised you, not because of his gender. Little Max will probably grow up wondering how anyone grew up without his parents too. He will learn from them just as much as you learned from your dad. No need to feel sorry for him – he is just as loved as you were.

Jillian on

Amanda, I totally agree with you!

I feel sad when a child loses a parent or when a child is born to an abusive parent. That happens everyday to young children. To me, I don’t care if the parents are both males, females, or one of each. As long as they love and take care of the child, nothing else matters. It’s more important to have two mothers that do this, than one mother who does and an abusive father.


showbizmom on

River, I appreciate what you’re saying but don’t feel sorry for us. I have two dads and a mother whom I love dearly but was not your typical mother to me. I turned out just fine and so did some of my other friends that were raised by same sex parents. Yes, having a mom and a dad is important and knowing how this same sex parenting works, I can tell you they know this! My two dad’s made sure I had wonderful positive female role models while my mom was away. I’m sure that this kid has positive male role models.

At the end of the day having parents that love and support you is what’s important. I don’t feel I missed out on anything not having a mom in my house 24/7. I feel like I had a wonderful upbringing. As you can’t imagine not having your dad in your life, I can’t imagine not having my two dads.

dsfg on

Shannon, obviously one of them did . . .

torgster on

River, you were fortunate to grow up in a happy nuclear family. But don’t assume we all did. Having a father present doesn’t necessarily give a kid the kind of dad you were very lucky to have. It sure didn’t in my home! And lots of kids live in single parent households as well. Maybe dad was in the picture at one time, maybe he never was. To me, it’s not the sex of the parents that matters – it’s HOW they parent.

Elise on

@Amanda, Sarah K, showbizmom and torgster – Well said.

Avery on

I agree with River. It is sad for a child to miss out on the invaluable contribution both sexes provide for a child. Men and women are very different and provide something important for a child, no matter how much the same gendered parents love you. Otherwise, as Showbizmom said, her “dads” wouldn’t have sought out female role models for her. If their love was enough, no woman would be needed. I was raised by a single mom. To grow up without a father was sad. My mom was amazing and loved me and provided for me, there’s just something missing that I know I needed from a father.

Sarah K. on

Otherwise, as Showbizmom said, her “dads” wouldn’t have sought out female role models for her. If their love was enough, no woman would be needed. I was raised by a single mom.

Avery, why are you putting dad in quotations? They are actually her dads – both of them. Also, no child can survive solely on their parents’ love. Every child needs other people and experiences to grow up to become stable, well-rounded people. The same is true even for children of heterosexual couples. You can tell the children who only have their parents in their lives from the children who have numerous people shaping who they are. The “it takes a village to raise a child” theory is tried and true.

The negative effects of single parenthood have been studied extensively, but there is absolutely no proof that children raised by gay couples suffer in any way. So, your opinion about children of gay parents is completely baseless.

Anonymous on

Tigerlee- I mostly agree with your comment…but I think judging older fathers is right up there with judging gay and lesbian couples who have children. Just because a man is an older father doesn’t neccesarily mean he’s not a good father! In fact, most of the older fathers I’ve known (including my own grandfather) were/are (some of them are still alive, some aren’t) better parents than some men half their age!

Bottomline: At the end of the day, the most important thing is that a child is loved and properly cared for by his/her parents. 🙂

Avery on

I agree with Avery. Look, to belittle the role that each gender plays in a child’s life is foolish. If children didn’t need a parent of both sexes, then people of the same sex would be able to reproduce. The only way they get a child is by going around the system or adopting. The truth is a boy needs a father and a mother, not a mother who acts like a man.

It’s that simple, and it’s been that way since the beginning of time. It’s only within the past two decades that same-sex couples have become acceptable and fashionable. So enough time has not passed to gather research on the outcome of children raised by gay couples. Research has been compiled, however, on boys raised without fathers, and one of the places a lot of them end up–not all of them mind you–is prison, especially within the african american community.

There are going to be consequences for redesigning the familial structure and playing down the role each gender plays. Unfortunately, it’s going to be too late to do anything about it by the time we reap the consequences.

Sarah K. on

Avery agrees with Avery – lol it never gets old. Avery (and Avery) you still have no proof that children of gay parents suffer negative effects. Furthermore, the studies on single parents also include factors such as poverty and lack of education which skews the statistics. So at the end of the day your opinion is still completely baseless.

If we’re going off of history – it’s only in the past 50 years in the Western world that nuclear families have been the “normal” family structure. In the past and today in other parts of the world, extended family and the community takes part in raising children. Nuclear families are considered quite strange, isolated, and impractical in many parts of the world. So this one mom and one dad structure has only recently been considered “acceptable and fashionable.” If you’re going to base your opinion on history and tradition, at least know what you’re talking about.

showbizmom on

I’m confused by both Avery’s. Is Avery #1 trying to post as someone else but forgot to enable her cookies? Hmm……

Either way, there have been studies and if I wasn’t a working mother of two expecting my third, I would get you that information. So trust me when I say, it’s not just becoming acceptable or fashionable. It’s been this way in many, many communities throughout the world for a very long time.

I actually find what you said offensive. I would also give you the many many examples of how well my friends and family members are doing despite being raised by same sex parents, but again Or the examples of my many friends and family members that came from nuclear families that well… didn’t turn out all that great.

What I’m saying is, Shut up! You don’t know what your talking about. I’m sorry you didn’t have a father in your life, but your situation isn’t everyone’s situation. I can say without a doubt that I would be just A OK and exactly where I’m at today without my mother, or the many females I had in my life.

Why is that you might ask? Because my fathers love me, the Loved the Hell out of me! At the end of the day, when I got my period yeah, I wanted to talk to a woman about it and I did. But I also went home to my PaPa and he and I had a wonderful talk about it and what it meant. Same with all the other teenage girl moments I had.

It’s about love. Either it be single parents, same sex parents, or heterosexual parents the kids will turn out ok if their parents put in the effort, show them love and support. If the parents don’t put in the effort and don’t show love or support, well then it’s a gamble. So once again don’t feel sorry for me or the many others feel sorry for those that never got love and support from either parent.

Jillian on

Avery, I am shocked that you agree with Avery! Totally shocked. I mean….how on earth could you agree with yourself?? Pffff!

Janna on

@Avery…. using your logic, infertile couples should not be seeking IVF, fertility drugs, surrogacy or adoption either because the only way they can get a child is by “going around the system or adopting”.

Avery on

I wrote the first, not the second post, so no it was not written by the same person!

@ Showbiz mom, I will not “shut up”, which by the way is a wonderful way to talk to another person.

I was voicing my opinion about how I grew up and how I believe both sexes are so important for a child. Growing up in a single gendered household, I am more than qualified to voice my thoughts on the need for both sexes and their importance in a child’s life. I’m glad for you that you had such a wonderful childhood, but as you said my situation wasn’t everyone’s situation, neither was yours. If you disagree, you can do so respectfully.

Jillian on

Avery, I chose to not believe you. I don’t believe that two people with the same name have the exact view, use the same ideas, and came on the same page within 24 hours to agree.

Avery, you are not qualified. You can voice an opinion, but your experience doesn’t make you qualified to determine what’s best for all children.

Avery on

@ Jillian, as I said before, and I won’t say it again, I wrote the first post, not the second. Why on earth would I say I agree with Avery, that’s ridiculous!

As I stated, I have had first hand experience growing up in a loving, providing home, yet still needed a father and still do. I know for a fact I’m not the only one. We can agree to disagree, but I stand behind my belief that children need both gendered parents.

Jillian on

Why Avery? Well I don’t think you did it intentionally. I think you did what people do on here daily. They try and change the name and don’t realize it doesn’t work.

That’s your opinion. Even if you or a child had both parents, the same issues can still be there. There is no proof the absence of one parent caused the issues.

look on

@Jillian, here I’ll settle the score. I agree 100% with both Avery’s and I’m not him/her miss sleuth. Why is it so hard to believe, GASP, that there are people who find fault with gay couples raising children. The fact of the matter is that children need both parents, their Mom and their Dad.

By the way, do you have any clue who these people are as parents. Why is the assumption made that gay couples are hands-down loving and fabulous parents. You wanna talk about stereotypes. Give me a break. Just because you’re gay doesn’t make you parent of the year. Neither does being a celebrity.

Anonymous on

Avery (the second one)- The thing about the research that has been done on boys raised without fathers is that a lot if it is flawed. This is because a lot of the moms who are raising boys without fathers are teenagers, poor, don’t have much of an education, or some combination of the three. In otherwords, there’s a lot more involved in how the boys in most of those cases turn out than just being raised without a father.

Anonymous on

look- Being gay or a celeb also doesn’t automatically make you a horrible parent. And since I don’t know Cynthia or Christine, I choose to give them the benefit of the doubt, which is what I think many others who have commented are doing as well.

With that out of the way, it’s not “the fact of the matter” that children need both a mom and a dad. It’s your opinion. Which you are perfectly entitled to, of course, but don’t state it as fact. In cases like this, things are not black and white. That is, having same-sex parents is not all bad or all good. The same can be said about growing up in a single parent household, a grandparent-headed household, in a blended family, or even in the “classic” nuclear family.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and the sooner we learn to accept that, the better!

sgtmian on

meh. i’m gay and i still agree that a child should have a relationship with their biological father/mother. i’m not saying that we shouldn’t be able to raise children, i’m saying i think it’s unfair to bring children into the world knowing that you are depriving them of a relationship with someone who is part of them.

it can’t be compared to single-parent households, or situations where one parent is absent because they’re not good for the welfare of the child, or adoption. because those situations are unforeseen. here, in most instances, you’re creating a situation where a child isn’t allowed a relationship with their biological parent. in most documentaries i’ve seen on lesbian parenting in particular, they don’t even plan on telling their child they have a father. of course they have a father. everyone in the entire world has a father. telling your child they don’t is just selfishness on the parents part.

i grew up in a single-parent household, i saw my father a couple of weeks every year. he has not raised me at all, and yet; i am like him in so many ways. my mother and i are nothing alike. i see myself in him. if my mother hadn’t gone out of her way to make sure i had a relationship with him, i would have been so bitter and angry with her.

i think when you decide to become a parent, you don’t have the right to be selfish anymore. you don’t get to do things for you. that child deserves at least SOME contact with their biological parents, providing they are not harmful to the child.

which is why i’m against anonymous donor sperm and the like. anyway, just my opinion.

Anonymous on

sgtmain- Guess what? Adoption is also, in most cases, creating a situation where kids aren’t “allowed” contact with their biological parents. So it seems odd to me that you support adoption but not using sperm donors and the like. I also want to point out that some women can’t have biological children without using a sperm donor. For example, a cousin of mine and her husband used IVF with donor sperm to concieve all three of their children…because the husband is sterile. And for what it’s worth, all three children are turning out just fine!

Lisa on

Avery, a child raised without a father is not the same as a child raised with two mothers, so your “studies” really don’t apply here.

Amy on

WOW! I swear, every post, article, whatever on here has people attacking other people for their opinion. Get this, you are entitled to your opinion and so is everyone else!!! If you don’t like it, ignore it! You got to share, they should get to as well.

Everyone has a different life with different experiences, we can learn from all of them.

Lala on

maybe that’s not what we have in our own family’s but hey if they are happy that is all that matters!! that lil boy is adorable!! as long as he is loved and happy he will be alright!! 🙂