Motherhood started off as a labor of love for Jaime King.
With her director husband, Kyle Newman, on location when it was time for the Hart of Dixie star to welcome their son, the actress immediately turned to her good friends: Lana del Rey and her baby boy’s godfather, Topher Grace.
“I was in labor for 26 hours and Topher was my surrogate husband … and [Lana's] like my sister, one of my best friends,” King, 34, told PEOPLE at the Hunters Alley launch party in Los Angeles on Thursday.
“They were there with me for 26 hours seeing things you would never imagine friends would ever, ever, ever see. We turned it in to a slumber party — they slept on couches and chairs next to my hospital bed.”
And although Grace does not have any children of his own, the former That ’70s Show actor stepped up to the plate when it came time to deliver. “Topher was really amazing. He was like, ‘Okay doctor, what are our options here? What is an epidural? What does it do? What’s the next step?’ ” King says.
“Jessica has always been a symbol of the perfect balance of motherhood and work. She’s so extraordinary and ordinary at the same time,” King explains. “We’ve been friends for such a long time that I knew if I ever needed anything for my son, she would mother my child the way she takes care of her own — and so would Topher.”
With her son continuing to reach major milestones — including rolling over “like a ninja” — King has quickly learned there’s little time to relax with her on-the-go baby boy.
“I realized I can never take my eyes off him. It’s scary and exciting at the same time,” she says. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cool!’ Then, ‘Holy s—, I’m really scared!’ That’s parenting — oh my God, that’s so exciting, but oh my God, I’m terrified.”
– Anya Leon with reporting by Matthew Cole Weiss