Felicity Huffman on Balancing Work and Parenting: Sometimes I Think, ‘I’m Failing as Both a Mother and an Actress’

02/18/2016 at 03:00 PM ET

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.’ ”

Felicity Huffman
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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. MacySofia 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

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Guest on

She’s a great actress, however I think she’s gotten a bit too thin lately. Watching her on Amercian Crime, I’ve noticed how unnaturally skinny she looks even with layers of clothing. I’ve read before that she has suffered from eating disorders in the past.

Tieraney on

I like her better as a blond. I think the darker hair color washes her out.

Kelly on

Do she and her husband not have enough money that she needs to work in Texas while her kids are in LA? There’s not enough money in the world that would make me do that and leave my girls. 13 and 15 are ages where they need you even more than little kids. That is the age where smoking/drinking/hanging out with the wrong crowd starts if parents are hands-off.

Renee on

Kelly, I guess you have to be a special couple for this to work. I remember Angie Harmon had this type of scenario going with her family, away from home 5-6 months a year and it seemed to be working for them and the next thing I hear, they are splitting. On the other hand Kyra Sedgewige (not sure of the spelling) and Kevin Bacon did the same thing and it seemed to work for their family. As a parent, I can’t imagine making a choice to be away from the kids that much at that time of their life…to each its own!

Laura on

Huh she seems on diet, looks a lot thinner than before in this picture.

candice on

I guess I haven’t seen her in awhile, but she is unrecognizable to me. Still a gorgeous lady.

Sam on

She looks great at age 52.