Felicity Huffman on Balancing Work and Parenting: Sometimes I Think, ‘I’m Failing as Both a Mother and an Actress’
Balancing work and motherhood isn’t always easy — even if you’re an award-winning actress like Felicity Huffman.
“First, I have to recognize how lucky I am to have to navigate these sorts of issues. I have a job that I love and a fabulous family that I love,” says Huffman, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE.
“But people always ask, ‘How do you balance home life and work?’ And I tell them, ‘I don’t. I just drop the ball all the time.’ ”
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To make things more difficult, Huffman’s current series, ABC’s American Crime, films in Austin, Texas, while her two daughters with husband William H. Macy — Sofia Grace, 15, and Georgia Grace, 13 — live and attend school in Los Angeles.
“I try and fly back to L.A. every two or three days. But that can take a toll. Sometimes I think, ‘I’m failing as both a mother and an actress.’ But I do what I can to stumble forward joyously,” says Huffman, 52.
“And I’m able to fly home that often, so these are champagne problems, really.”
American Crime airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
For more from Felicity Huffman, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
— Patrick Gomez